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WAKATOBI – THIS IS WHAT 27 YEARS OF PROACTIVE PROTECTION LOOKS LIKE

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Wakatobi's landmark community-based conservation program is now in its 27th year
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Wakatobi Dive Resort‘s landmark community-based conservation program is now in its 27th year. As this inspiring video shows, Wakatobi’s innovative approach to protecting coral reefs has reaped substantial benefits for both the environment and the local communities.

Wakatobi Founder Lorenz Mäder's vision not only set a precedent for private-sector conservation initiatives, but it also put broader plans in motion and actually changed the map. In 2002, the Indonesian government extended the area created by the resort's conservation program to create the Wakatobi National Park.

Wakatobi's landmark community-based conservation program is now in its 27th year

The park encompasses an expansive 13,900 square kilometers of the Tukang Besi island group. Less than a year later, these islands became an autonomous region, renaming itself the Wakatobi Regency. In 2005, UNESCO listed the Wakatobi National Park as a World Heritage Site and in 2012 it was included in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

Learn more at wakatobi.com or on their blog Wakatobi Flow 

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Walt Stearns
Walt Stearns
Editor for Scuba Diver Magazine's North America edition, Walt Stearns, has been involved in the diving industry for more than 30 years. As one of the most prolific photojournalists in diving media Walt’s articles and images have appeared in a wide range of national and international diving, water sports and travel titles.
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