One of WWF's earliest successes in the former province of Irian Jaya (now Papua Province), Indonesia, was to help establish Wasur National Park.
The park has achieved greater recognition of customary rights than almost any other conservation area in Indonesia. Indigenous people are free to hunt and collect certain animals and plants, while they contribute traditional knowledge and advice to park planning.
Success story in the TransFly
In Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Papua Province, communities are increasingly taking the initiative to establish protected areas themselves, with the help of WWF.
An area where such a commitment has been made at a large scale is in the TransFly
, in southcentral New Guinea. There, several villages have pledged a vast area of land for conservation purposes, a commitment they wish to honour with the support of WWF.
This pledge is a major boost for the protected areas network in PNG and Indonesia, as it will form part of a proposed 2 million ha trans-boundary protected area complex (20% of the TransFly ecoregion) protecting important migratory bird sites, endemic species and some of the largest and healthiest wetlands in Asia-Pacific.