1. USAID SEA Marine Spatial Planning Training Goes Online
Together with implementing partner Wildlife Conservation Society Indonesia, USAID SEA has launched an advanced online training for the Maluku Provincial Marine and Fisheries Office (DKP) to improve its staff skills and knowledge in marine spatial planning (MSP). Fourteen members of the DKP technical staff (7 females and 7 males) are currently participating in this virtual training, which started on 4 May and runs through 30 June. Dr. Abdul Haris Anwar, the DKP Head, said the training helps the Maluku government to deliver on its commitment to protect and sustain local marine and fisheries resources.
With government activities in the province slowing due to the impact of COVID-19, the training enables participants to use their downtime to continue to improve their analytical skills and knowledge in addressing MSP issues, including resource use conflicts identified in the Maluku RZWP-3-K (Provincial Marine and Coastal Zoning Plan).
It is expected to equip participants to make sound technical recommendations to policymakers for a governor decree on licensing and permitting to support efficient coastal and marine planning and utilization. A key objective is to identify and assess an area within the territorial waters of Maluku Province suitable for grouper aquaculture.