The marine environments of Indonesia today face unprecedented challenges. In many ways, the marine environments are suffering from the impacts of anthropogenic activities and climate change that are affecting the marine ecosystem health and coastal communities’ livelihood. The need to safeguard our marine environment and promote the sustainable use of existing aquatic resources is increasingly being recognized in Indonesia.
The government of Indonesia in collaboration with partners have been initiating and implementing various types of actions to reduce the impacts, including developing and improving the management effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and implementing ecosystem-based fisheries management (EAFM) approach. The use of MPA and EAFM approaches is not new, especially in Indonesia where many communities have closed areas by tradition or law to protect their marine resources and livelihoods. But it is only recently that world leaders have recognised the vital role that MPAs and EAFM play in safeguarding marine ecosystems and local economies. Both MPAs and EAFM are now considered the most powerful tools in Indonesia for protecting biodiversity and combating the over-exploitation of marine resources.
We recognize the importance of safeguarding nurseries of the seas and transforming unsustainable fisheries. Because the oceans of Indonesia are vast and local, social and biological features vary tremendously from one place to another, we focus our work on the the Sunda Banda Seascape (SBS). The seascape lies within the center of the Coral Triangle, which hosts the world’s highest marine biodiversity, yet is under threat by various and increasing pressures related to unsustainable development and climate change.
To overcome the challenges, together we collaborate with the governments, NGOs, local communities, and key stakeholders, to integrate the seafood sector reform work with the work on marine spatial planning and effective management of MPAs in the SBS.
Saving the Reef of Sundabanda
Because the oceans of Indonesia are vast and local, social and biological features vary tremendously from one place to another, we focus our work on the the Sunda Banda Seascape (SBS)
About this website
This website was developed to gather some successful initiatives in marine and fisheries management, especially in the Monitoring & Evaluation Framework context, in the Sunda Banda Seascape that were carried out by WWF-Indonesia and partners. The SBS website can be useful for share-learning, communication and coordination among partners working in the SBS and publics.