Workshop on MPA Governance Fosters Cooperation and Collaboration

Workshop on MPA Governance Fosters Cooperation and Collaboration


An international workshop on marine protected area governance attracted over 120 marine conservation practitioners and encouraged more collaboration in marine resources management across Indonesia and in the Coral Triangle Region.

Workshop participants stand in front of the Indonesian training ship, M.V. Madidihang-03. (Photo: Coral Triangle Center)

Workshop participants stand in front of the Indonesian training ship, M.V. Madidihang-03. (Photo: Coral Triangle Center)

Participants from Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste, attended the International Training Workshop on Marine Protected Area Governance held in Bali, Indonesia, on 16-19 September 2014. The workshop was hosted and organized by the Agency for Human Resources Development in Marine and Fisheries, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MAFF), Republic of Indonesia, and co-hosted by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature IUCN – Blue Solutions Program, and the Coral Triangle Center, supported by GIZ, GRID-Arendal, UNEP, IUCN, and UNDP.

The event started with a celebration in the port of Benoa in Bali where the Indonesian training ship, M.V. Madidihang-03 docked, and its marine and fisheries cadets performed their marching band skills, and communities gathered to celebrate the international training event.

Experts and trainers, as well as veteran MPA managers from United States, Vietnam, Solomon Islands, Cambodia, and the Netherlands shared their lessons learned and best practices. The training was facilitated by trainers from Indonesia with support from facilitators of different countries including, Switzerland, Great Britain, Colombia, and Germany affiliated with global and regional institutions such as IUCN, GIZ, USAID, NOAA, and CTC.

MPA managers and practitioners from almost all MPA throughout Indonesia participated as well as participants from the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste involved in designing a nationwide MPA network.

At the opening ceremony of the event, Indonesia’s Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Sharif C. Sutardjo, pointed out that MPAs can provide its benefits for nature and people if they can be managed effectively, and the key to that is to have highly qualified, competent, and motivated people managing these MPAs.

He further stressed out the importance of capacity building as one of the highest priorities in the coming years, where the best result is usually achieved through partnership with governments and organizations.

“Managing resources is basically governing people. So if we are going to continue pursuing the effective management of our MPA Network there is no other way than to keep strengthening our efforts and partnerships in the human resources development in that particular area. This partnership effort is really a great milestone in itself particularly in bringing new perspective on how managing MPAs through good governance practices to optimize benefits to fisheries and to safeguard the livelihoods of adjacent communities and beyond.”

Dr. Suseno Sukoyono, Director General of the Agency for Human Resources Development in Marine Affairs and Fisheries, MAFF, Republic of Indonesia, emphasized the importance of capacity building in developing synergy and collaboration, not only to achieve the goals of Indonesia that will eventually assist in achieving the overall goal of Coral Triangle countries.

“I sincerely hope this workshop will enhance synergy and collaborative governance among important stakeholders in the effective management of MPAs and marine natural resources,” Dr. Sukoyono said.

In a statement after the opening ceremony of the training, Rili Djohani, Executive Director of the Coral Triangle Center, emphasized that scaling up the management of District Marine Conservation Areas or KKLDs in larger networks and seascapes coupled to eco-system approach to fisheries and integrated coastal zone management is critical to safeguard the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on the oceans for their livelihoods.

“With this workshop, we connect MPA professionals together to discuss challenges, acquire new tools and learn from each other,” she stressed.

“As the largest archipelago in the world, Indonesia has demonstrated commitment and progress in the development of the MPAs particularly by supporting the District Marine Conservation Areas or KKLDs established by the local government coupled with an increasing capacity within MMAF to deliver targeted training enhancing effective management of coastal and marine resources”, said James Hardcastle, IUCN Program Development Manager – Global Protected Areas Program.

“The case-study approach that will be used in the workshop is a practical learning method that will help encourage the participants to apply the training in their KKLD context”.

The Indonesian government is currently expediting efforts in increasing the capacity for MPA governance and collaborative resource management throughout the country and the Coral Triangle, pursuant to accomplishing 20 million hectares of MPAs by 2020.

Currently standing with 16 million hectares of MPAs, Indonesia has accomplished 80% of this goal. To complete this, Indonesia needs at least 2,400 MPA managers qualified by the Ministry’s standard professional competencies.

As a translation of the commitment to the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) and to meet Aichi targets, the Government of Indonesia aims to secure 20 million hectares of MPAs by 2020. To date, 89 areas have been initiated under the MMAF and Local Governments, District and Provincial Governments. MPAs managed by Local Governments to date cover an area of 5.5 million hectares and the number of MPAs under this governance type is still growing. In total, approximately 15 million hectares have been designated as MPAS.

The event messages, recommendations and communique will be conveyed to, and presented during, the IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC) in Sydney, Australia, in November 2014. They will inform input into the MPA management capacity building scheme in country and beyond.

(Story and photo courtesy of Coral Triangle Center)

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