An Underwater Dreamland
Source: Globe And Mail
September 25, 2008
Like most of nature's beautiful places, Raja Ampat's reefs are highly threatened. Using divers to fund that protection, two American non-governmental organizations — the San-Francisco based Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) and Virginia-based Conservation International (CI) — have set up a user-fee system that has worked successfully for marine parks around the world. A $55 (U.S.) fee, collected from the approximately 2,000 divers that visit Raja Ampat each year, is split between managing the park and projects that directly benefit the 89 villages in the park.
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