Three years ago, West Papua, New Guinea’s provincial governor began to lay the foundation for setting up the region to become a “Conservation Province,” or “Provinsi Konservasi.”

With an incredible amount of biodiversity — over 1,800 fish species, an overabundance of different types of hard corals as well as a huge mangrove and rain forest, making the region a “Conservation Province” would go a long way toward ensuring its “long-term environmental health,” according to activists.

Consequently, a petition is underway calling on West Papua’s parliament to formally establish the region as a “Conservation Province.” Nearly 21,000 people have already signed it, and a total of 30,000 signatures are needed by the end of this week.

To sign the petition, click here.

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John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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