1. MPA Network Guidance for Indonesia a Step Closer to Completion
Efforts to develop technical guidelines for marine protected area (MPA) networks in Indonesia reached a milestone with the completion in June of the stakeholder consultations required by Indonesian policy. USAID SEA and Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) conducted on 14 June in Jakarta the final stakeholder consultation to review the draft Technical Guidance on MMAF Ministerial Decree No. 13/2014 on MPA Networks. With the stakeholder consultations completed, USAID SEA and the MMAF team will now focus on completing the guidance document and preparing it for legal review. The document describes the process and requirements for establishing, managing and evaluating MPA networks, including mechanisms that can be used to resolve and manage resource use issues and allow reasonable uses to occur with minimal conflict. The final consultation provided inputs to ensure that the guidance can help stakeholders secure marine ecosystem functions at the temporal and spatial scales needed for ecological systems to respond to interventions, in particular through the establishment and management of MPA networks to facilitate the efficient use of resources and prevent duplication of efforts in single MPAs.
It also provided inputs for refining the indicators for MPA network management and simplifying the guidance overall to make it more practical to use. A follow up to a similar discussion held earlier this year on February 22, this activity was attended by 41 participants, including participants from MMAF, the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), Ministry of Environment and Forestry and Bogor Agricultural University, who provided the national perspective, and participants from NGOs and the Provincial Marine and Fisheries Agencies and MMAF working units at the provincial level, who added needed perspectives on field operations and what is acceptable to local government and stakeholders.