Wakatobi is one of prototype area for SIGAP that applying applying local community empowerment and local wisdom to preserve their marine areas. Not only focusing on conserving nature, but also in harmony with social and economic welfare of local people. Sebumi help in particular in site ecotourism strategy, development planning and execution.
Wakatobi was located in Southeast Sulawesi. The name Wakatobi comes from 4 large islands namely Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia, and Binongko. Wakatobi was also known as Tukang Besi Islands.
Wakatobi has been known as a treasure trove of the world's seas. Its position as the heart of the world's coral triangle makes Wakatobi has abundant marine wealth. It is known that Wakatobi has 750 types of corals, or 90% of the world's total coral. In addition there are 942 species of fish that live on 90,000 hectares of coral reefs. In Wakatobi, there is a Kaledupa atoll which stretches for 48 kilometers and makes it the longest atoll in the world.
With its abundant marine wealth, making Wakatobi a crucial area for conservation. In this case, the local community is the front guard to save the Wakatobi sea. Local community empowerment and the application of local wisdom are the right steps to preserve the Wakatobi Sea while ensuring economic and social welfare of local people.