The crystal-clear waters of West Papua, Indonesia, teem with life. In fact, one might call the area the epicenter of marine biodiversity. This region is home to more species of fish and coral than any other region on Earth. In 2015, a historic move was made to declare the area a Conservation Province, a first for both Indonesia and the rest of the world. The designation is important both symbolically and in ensuring the future health of the province’s astonishing ecosystems. And now, with conservation efforts as important as ever, the people of West Papua are working to make sure communities continue to build upon sustainable development models that protect biodiversity for generations to come.