Legal Basis for the Environmental Service Fee


Legal basis

Regent Regulation No. 18 Year 2014 on the Environmental Service Fee by the Marine Protected Area Technical Management Authority under the Raja Ampat Marine and Fisheries Agency.

Definition

Environmental Service Fee:

Environmental Service Fee is a charge for the service provided by natural ecosystem functions, the value and benefits of which can be felt directly or indirectly by stakeholders, in order to help maintain and / or improve the quality of the environment and people's livelihoods through sustainable management of these resources.

The Environmental Service Fee of Raja Ampat's MPA network is managed by the regional Government via the Raja Ampat MPA Network Technical Management Authority (UPTD) under the regional Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources. This management unit collaborates with other stakeholders including indigenous communities and non-governmental organizations, to ensure the ecosystems in Raja Ampat's MPAs can maintain their functions and provide the necessary environment for thriving marine life.

Efforts undertaken include zone regulations, zonation patrols, increasing public conservation awareness, encouraging sustainable tourism activities and increasing the economic benefits of conservation for local communities. These efforts require huge funding and can not be fully supported by the Raja Ampat government's financing capacity. 

With the financial mechanism of the Public Service Board (BLUD), the Raja Ampat district government can, via the UPTD, ensure management of the conservation area that is effective, efficient and professional to secure environmental protection and the satisfaction of tourists who can enjoy the natural beauty of Raja Ampat's marine protected areas.