29 Dec Indonesia’s Ministry of Social Affairs Secretary General Visits CTC

On December 16, 2023, CTC had the honor of hosting the Secretary General of Indonesia’s Ministry of Social Affairs, Dr. Robben Rico and his technical team for a visit and discussion at our Center for Marine Conservation. The visit was organized by CTC Board Member Dr. Suseno Sukoyono who also joined the activity.

During his visit, Dr. Rico visited our exhibition hall and learned about our programs to support coastal communities in Indonesia and the Coral Triangle to engage in the Blue Economy or the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs while preserving the health of ocean ecosystems. Some of the examples include CTC’s support for women engaged in Blue Swimming Crab Fisheries in Lampung and Rembang, support for community groups engaged in waste management in Lease Islands and the Banda Islands, and support for women who process seaweed into crackers and soap in Nusa Penida.

Dr. Rico shared that CTC’s mission and programs are aligned with that of the Ministry of Social Affairs, as it is the agency in charge of social rehabilitation, social security, social empowerment, social protection, and providing support to low-income communities. Dr. Rico expressed his interest in collaborating with CTC to support coastal community groups engaged in small businesses and alternative livelihood activities going forward.

Writer: Leilani Gallardo
Photos: Leilani Gallardo

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