1. USAID SEA, NOAA Host Virtual Workshop to Support Sustainable Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Financing
USAID SEA and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) carried out a virtual workshop on September 17 – 18 to build capacity among marine protected area (MPA) managers and related stakeholders for developing sustainable finance mechanisms for MPAs in the eastern Indonesian provinces of North Maluku, Maluku, and West Papua.
This is part of USAID SEA assistance to the effort to conserve biological diversity and improve governance of marine resources at village, district, provincial, and national levels in Indonesia. Continued financing is critical to ensure that MPAs are effectively managed and thus enhance fisheries productivity and sustainable livelihoods.
Through the workshop, 48 participants from the provincial Marine and Fisheries Offices, Tourism Offices, MPA management units, NGOs, and academe in the three provinces had the opportunities to interact and had discussion directly with sustainable finance experts from NOAA, Starling Resources, and Marine Change, and they shared in a feedback session that this has strengthened their ability to develop and implement sustainable financing strategies for their MPAs beyond USAID SEA.
Case studies on sustainable MPA financing from Raja Ampat MPA in West Papua and other MPA sites in the Philippines were employed to enhance learning, focusing on topics around MPA sustainable financing models applicable to Indonesia, identifying potential income sources, and developing an income generation plan to help fill gaps in financing for MPA management.