Ternate, July 25, 2017 Today, an important effort to promote resilient livelihoods in coastal communities of North Maluku Province, the US Government assistance through the USAID Sustainable Ecosystems Advanced (USAID SEA) Project, launched the SEA Fair Trade and Fisheries Program in Ternate. The USAID’s Mission Director Erin McKee officially started the initiative marking the second such effort to build and support the Fair Trade System in Indonesia.
The Maluku hand-line fishery in 2014 was certified as the first functioning Fair Trade and certified fishery in the world and has promoted Indonesia’s reputation as being the most advanced and experienced in the Fair Trade implementation for capture fisheries. Since 2014, the Maluku fishery has enjoyed immense success through the certification process, most notably in capacity development of the communities, and in environmental, and social awareness. Learning from Maluku’s good fishery practices, a similar approach will be introduced and adopted in North Maluku Province, home of economically valuable fish species such as tuna, skipjack, snapper, and grouper.
The Fair Trade initiative in the Province was launched in conjunction with the USAID SEA Year 2 North Maluku Work Planning Workshop. In its first year, a significant achievement of the USAID SEA Project is a series of data on fisheries, socio-economic status, as well as biophysical condition of North Maluku coastal and marine resources. These data serve as the fundamental inputs for the marine spatial planning process in the province as well as planning USAID-SEA Project interventions in year 2 and beyond.
At the opening remarks, the USAID Mission’s Director Erin McKee highlighted the importance of collaboration between stakeholders for better marine resource management and especially working closely with the local government units of North Maluku.
“All of us need to work together to plan and contribute to the improved management of marine resources and fisheries. Ultimately, this will lead to the sustainability of the North Maluku’s valuable marine resources so that benefits will still be available for the younger and future generations,” she added.
USAID has recently launched its comprehensive marine conservation and sustainable fisheries program in Indonesia on February 16, 2017 in collaboration with the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries. Among its five projects, the USAID SEA is the backbone of the support. Using an ecosystem-based approach to management, the project engages various key stakeholders to enhance conservation and sustainable use of marine resources. Seventy percent (70%) of the project activities address local fisheries and marine resource management in 3 targeted provinces: Maluku, North Maluku, and West Papua.
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