Wakatobi, Indonesia, includes the four main islands of Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia, and Binongko. It has diverse ecosystems with many marine and coastal species of seagrass, coral reefs, fish used both for consumption and for sale, sea birds, turtles, cetaceans, and mangroves. There are about 590 fish species and 396 reef at Wakatobi Islands. The core area of this site is of great value in the protection of marine ecosystems and the habitats of various important plant and animal species. Wakatobi seeks to become a learning laboratory for researchers, students, local government, NGOs, the public and private sectors, and other stakeholders.