Namatota Island is home to 149 families and rich ocean biota, located at the “neck of the bird” of Papua.
Administratively part of Kaimana Kota district, Namatota Island was named a conservation area by the West Papua governor on Oct. 19 last year. It has been working to live up to its status, with the islanders even declaring the implementation of a customary zoning system in Kaimana waters in April this year.
The customary system declares three conservation zones: a fishing zone of 97,293 hectares, special tourism zone of 11,184 ha and core zone of 14,109 ha.
The corridor manager at Conservation International in Kaimana, Thamrin La Muasa, said Namatota was part of Kaimana’s regional water conservation area, which totals 508,324 ha. Namatota’s conservation area of 122,586 ha accounts for 24 percent of total areas in Kaimana.
The villagers promote the slogans “My ocean, my life” and “Kaimana our home” to nurture the environment on their island. [evi]