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Coastal Fisheries Initiative

Indonesia Project

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An ecosystem approach to fisheries management in Eastern Indonesia

The Coastal Fisheries Initiative aims to improve environmental and economic benefits through the application of improved coastal fisheries management including Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) principles, fisheries improvement projects (FIPs) and improved knowledge management and information dissemination in the waters of eastern Indonesia. As a part of this project, the GEF and others will provide funding for a nascent Birds Head Seascape (BHS) trust fund to support longterm sustainable financing for marine conservation initiatives.

The specific goal of the project is to contribute to delivering sustainable environmental, social and economic benefits and demonstrating effective, integrated, sustainable and replicable models of coastal fisheries management characterized by good governance and effective incentives. This Indonesia GEF Project will accelerate the implementation of EAFM and FIPs in Indonesia by establishing pilot projects in fisheries management areas (FMAs) 715, 717, and 718 and documenting lessons learned for replication across Indonesia's FMAs. The BHS Trust Fund will be the first fund dedicated to sustainable marine conservation initiatives in Indonesia.

The major areas of work are focused in FMAs 715, 717 and 718 and include:

  • Implementing the EAFM in the FMAs;
  • Implementing fisheries improvement plans (FIPs); and
  • Implementing knowledge management, and monitoring and evaluation for sustainable coastal fisheries.
  • The project will be implemented by The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) in collaboration with Conservation International (CI) over four and a half years with a budget of $10,642,202 contribution from the GEF and an additional $58,000,000 in co-financing provided by the Indonesian Government, Multi-National Agencies, foundations, private sector entities and NGOs.