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Bootless Bay Managed Marine Area
by Conservation and Environment Protection Authority, Papua New Guinea (Government)
Bootless Bay is located approximately 20 km to the south-east of Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea. The Bay contains 4 islands: Motupore, Loloata, Manunouha (also known as Lion) and Bunamotu. The largest, Motupore Island, is home to the University of Papua New Guineas marine research centre, while Loloata Island is home to an internationally renowned scuba diving and holiday resort. Both Manunouha and Bunamotu are uninhabited.
Bootless Bay displays a wide range of major marine habitats, including mangrove forests, seagrass beds, sandy beaches, rocky shores and reefs, intertidal and sublittoral carbonate and mud bottoms, open water, patch and fringing coral reefs. The Bay also has a number of wrecks scattered on its bed, each with their own distinctive biological communities. The adjacent Papuan barrier reef, paralleling the coastline some 5km offshore, is within easy reach and enables access to oceanic waters, deepwater wrecks and some spectacular deeper reef diving including tunnels, walls and bommies.

The wide range of habitats and the diversity of marine organisms found in the Bay and on the barrier reef, make this area an ideal laboratory for scientific study and a must-see destination for diving enthusiasts the world over.

Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • No take marine protected area
  • Marine protected area with partial protection
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
  • Economic benefits from sustainable aquaculture/mariculture
  • Economic benefits from marine renewable energy
  • Economic benefits from marine biotechnology
  • Economic benefits from sustainable transport
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Transfer marine technology
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Legal/policy/institutional measures
  • Access to market-based instruments
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
  • Ratification, accession and acceptance of UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments
  • Activities to develop the capacity of States towards broader participation in and effective implementation of UNCLOS and its implementing Agreements
  • Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
  • Development of necessary infrastructure and/or enforcement capabilities to comply with international law, as reflected in UNCLOS and as complemented by other ocean-related instruments
1. Establishment of partnerships and appropriate management plans to manage the Bootless Bay Marine Managed Area.
2. Develop mechanisms for sustainable financing of Bootless Bay Marine Managed Area.
3. Coordination of awareness and engagement of stakeholders including local land owners and community-based organisations.
4. Implementation of Bootless Bay Marine Managed Area Projects with stakeholders, including monitoring and evaluation for the sustainable management of the Area.
Financing (in USD)
500,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Bootless Bay Marine Managed Area Committee which includes technical expertise between Papua New Guinea and Japan International Corporation Agency.
In-kind contribution
Conservation and Environment Protection Authority project staff and country focal point.
Basic information
Time-frame: 04/2016 - 12/2030
Conservation Village Environment Services, Central Provincial Administration, National Fisheries Authority, Conservation and Environment Protection Authority, University of Papua New Guinea, Seventh Day Adventist Church, PNG Dive Center, Pari Women's Association
Ocean Basins
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Pacific Energy Aviation Limited, National Capital District Commission
Contact information
Kay Kalim, Director, kaykalim@dec.gov.pg, 6753014500
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
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