11 Nov Strengthening Marine Protected Area Management in North Maluku

usaid-ternate-2 usaid-maluku-nov-1On November 8-11, 2016, 20 marine protected area (MPA) officers from North Maluku attended training in Ternate on the principles of marine protected area management. This was organized by CTC and the Wildlife Conservation Society  under the USAID Sustainable Ecosystems Advanced (SEA) Project. The training gathered district and provincial officers from Ternate City and the districts of Tidore Kepulauan, Sula as well as from South, Central, and West Halmahera. Members of community surveillance groups (Kelompok Masyarakat Pengawas) and staff members of Marine and Fisheries Directorate for Surveillance (Pengawasan Sumber Daya Kelautan dan Perikanan) also attended.. The training exposed participants to basic knowledge on MPA rules and regulations in the Indonesian context, basic marine ecology, fisheries management, marine tourism, outreach and education, and basic planning for MPA management. The activity also supports North Maluku Province’s plan to develop new MPAs in Lifmatola and Taliabu Islands and the need for capable and competent staff to manage these new marine reserves. A competency assessment was also conducted following the training to certify the level of knowledge and skills acquired by the participants during the activity. (Photos courtesy of Hesti Widodo)


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