Jakarta, February 16, 2017 – U.S. Ambassador Donovan, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Erin McKee, and Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) Susi Pudjiastuti represented by Director General of Product Competitiveness, Nilanto Perbowo today launched the USAID’s Marine Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries Program in Indonesia. This $40 million program will support Indonesian efforts to improve sustainable fisheries management and marine biodiversity conservation. The program also helps Indonesia to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing.
“The United States and Indonesia have a strong partnership in the maritime sector, including this new program to protect vital marine biodiversity and promote sustainable use which will secure food resources and the livelihood of Indonesia communities,” said Ambassador Donovan. “Through USAID’s activities, we plan to improve the management of six million hectares of critical marine and fisheries habitat, establish and support 15 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), and enhance fisheries productivity, food and nutrition security, and sustainable livelihoods in 13 districts within North Maluku, Maluku and West Papua Provinces.”
Director General of Product Competitiveness, Nilanto Perbowo remarked that “The USAID’s Marine Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries Program consists of 5 projects: SEA, NOAA, SNAPPER, INTERPOL and OCEANS is closely aligned with the Government of Indonesia’s priorities, and MMAF looks forward to continuing our partnership with the U.S. Government. This program will help address important challenges in managing marine and fisheries resources as well as improve the coastal communities’ welfare in three of our focus provinces.”
Today’s event was held in conjunction with the monthly Indonesia Business Forum and was attended by approximately 100 representatives from MMAF and other Indonesian government agencies, local government, local NGOs, the seafood industry.
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