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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