11 Apr CTC Strengthens Local Capacity to Manage New Marine Protected Areas in North Maluku

CTC and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) held a Basic Training for Marine Protected Area (MPA) Management in Morotai in North Maluku on April 11-17, 2017 as part of its implementation of the USAID Sustainable Ecosystems Advanced (SEA) Project. The training had 17 participants coming from various backgrounds, including provincial and district level officers from the marine and fisheries agency and tourism agency as well as researchers from universities, and local non-government organizations.

During the training, participants were exposed to the basic knowledge about MPAs in the Indonesian context. This includes MPA categories, rules and regulations, basic marine ecology, fisheries management, marine tourism, outreach and education, as well as basic planning for MPA management. The three-days training was followed by a competency qualification assessment to ensure that participants were able to grasp the knowledge learned and meet the required skills to manage a conservation area. The certificate of competency will be issued by the National Professional Certification Agency of Indonesia.

The training aims to strengthen the capacity of local officials in North Maluku in managing their marine resources, promote sustainable fisheries, and support the provincial government’s plan to declare new MPAs in Lifmatola Island in Sula, Mare Island in Tidore, Guraici and Widi Islands in South Halmahera, Rau Island in Morotai, and Jiew Island in Halmahera. There will be more series of training coming this year to reach the MPA managers and Community Surveillance Group members, as well as other related stakeholders from North Maluku, under the USAID SEA Project.
The five-year USAID SEA Project provides support for the Government of Indonesia in marine conservation and sustainable fisheries management in Maluku, North Maluku and West Papua. The project is being implemented by Tetra Tech, CTC and other partners such as WWF and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

(Photo Credit: Denny Boy Mochran/CTC)

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