Designing a Marine Protected Area Network and Sea Turtle Action Plan for the Arafura and Timor Seas
June 2020-June 2021
The Arafura Timor Seas Ecosystem Approach Phase II (ATSEA-2) project supports the protection of priority coastal and marine habitats and conservation of protected species in the Arafura Timor Sea region.
The ATSEA-2 Project engaged the Coral Triangle Center in collaboration with Yayasan Konservasi Alam Nusantara (YKAN) – the Indonesian entity of The Nature Conservancy; Dr. Alison Green (MPA Network expert); and Dr. Nicolas Pilcher (sea turtle expert) to design an MPA network and develop a regional turtle action plan. This project was the first step in a regional collaboration among the four ATSEA countries to design an MPA network to protect biodiversity, enhance or maintain fisheries and adapt to climate change. Given the ecological and social connectivity throughout the ATSEA region, the four ATSEA countries (Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and Australia) will gain substantial benefits by collaborating on the management of marine resources through the design of a marine protected area network for the entire region.
ATSEA-2 is the second phase of the Arafura & Timor Seas Ecosystem Action (ATSEA) Programme and a regional partnership involving the ATSEA countries with the support of the Australian Government in order to collectively manage high marine and fisheries resources in the Arafura and Timor Seas (ATS). It is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded programme and managed under United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as executing partner and Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) Resource Facility (PRF) as implementing partner.
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to the ATSEA-2 Data Information Management System Online Course.
This online course is a joint effort to build capacity in managing data and information management system for marine and fisheries resources, especially in, but not limited to the Arafura and Timor Seas (ATS) region. It is a result of a collaboration between ATSEA-2, CTC, and Yayasan Konservasi Alam Nusantara.
Download the infosheet to learn more about the project here.