Yapen Islands (ANTARA News) - WWFs Saireri expedition team made a stopover in Asai Kampong, Windesi Sub-district, the last of six villages visited during the expedition in Yapen Islands District, Papua.

The team collected data among other things on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and eco-tourism potential during the expedition, Forest Officer of the WWF Indonesia Program Papua Rianto Stev Amir said here, Wednesday.

Based on a brief survey carried out by the team, it could be concluded that northern Yapen Islands District has forest ecotourism potential, while the southern part is maritime one.

The Yapen Islands forest is a habitat of Cenderawasih (Paradise) bird.

Other findings include facts that several villages face shortage of teachers, lacks of road infrastructure and communication network, and have no access to electricity.

The team also observes that local communities still maintain traditional wisdom that could help preserve and protect flora and fauna.

The expedition team using MV Gurano spent 15 days in Yapen Islands District, among other things to collect data in Sarawandori, Ambai and Barawai kampongs.

From Yapen Islands, the team proceeded to Biak District.

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