1. National Designation on the Way for More Marine Protected Areas in Maluku and North Maluku Provinces
Close on the heels of last June’s signing by the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) of the designation decrees for four marine protected areas (MPAs) in Maluku and North Maluku, seven more MPAs in the Maluku and North Maluku provinces are reported to be on course to being nationally designated by Ministerial Decree.This follows significant progress made by USAID SEA to assist the development of the MPAs’ RPZs (zoning plans) through the work of its implementing partners, particularly Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)-Indonesia, Coral Triangle Center (CTC), and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Indonesia.
Three of the seven new areas are in North Maluku: Makian-Moti Island, Guraici Island, and Widi Island. The Legal Section of MMAF’s Directorate General of Marine Spatial Management (DG-PRL) conducted on 10 July a meeting to discuss these MPAs’ RPZs, which the North Maluku Marine and Fisheries Office (DKP) submitted to MMAF on 4 May.
Representatives of the various directorates under DG-PRL were in Bogor for the meeting, with the North Maluku DKP and WCS-Indonesia participating online. The RPZ documents were cleared with minor corrections, which WCS-Indonesia and the North Maluku DKP subsequently addressed, along with updating the MPA types and zonation based on inputs from the meeting.
Meanwhile, on 17 July, the RPZs of the other four MPAs (Buano, Serutbar, Lease and Ay-Rhun, all in Maluku) were submitted by CTC and WWF-Indonesia for review by DKP Maluku. The documents will be signed by the Governor of Maluku and then be submitted to MMAF in compliance with the requirements for MPA designation by Ministerial Decree.