The Our Ocean Conference generated 287 pledges in bilateral and multilateral agreements between governments, the private sector, civil society organizations, and philanthropic foundations that are valued at more than $10 billion.
Environmental experts warn that many of these projects could cause irreversible damage in highly biodiverse areas.
The proposed mine would sit within Cenderawasih Bay National Park, while parts of it also overlap onto or border the Wondiwoi Mountains Nature Reserve—both protected areas.
Critics are concerned about the weakening of protections for endangered species in a country where wildlife trafficking is rife.
A recently published report shows the extent of the country's ongoing problems with the black market sale of animals.
The vessels broke loose in storms, destroying around 15,000 square feet of coral in Karimunjava National Park.
Raja Ampat, an island chain off the coast of New Guinea, is home to perhaps the world's richest marine biodiversity