Climate-Resilient Fisheries in Indonesia


Environmental Defense Fund's mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends.


Guided by science and economics, we find practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems. This has drawn us to areas that span the biosphere: climate, oceans, ecosystems and health. We work in concert with other organisations — as well as with business, government and communities — and focus on solutions that let both people and nature prosper.


When it comes to oceans, two out of three fisheries worldwide are depleted from over fishing, putting some 800 million people at risk of malnutrition and needlessly killing millions of sea turtles, dolphins, sea birds and other wildlife every year. If nothing changes, 85 percent of the world’s fisheries could be depleted by 2030.


Our vision: Thriving, resilient oceans that provide more fish in the water, more food on the plate and more prosperous fishing communities, even with climate change.


Goal: Sustainable fishing becomes the norm in the world’s 12 top fishing powers that account for 61 percent of the global catch, helping tip the world’s seafood system to sustainability.


EDF seeks to empower communities to ensure their fisheries are abundant and their futures are thriving. We put resources into the hands of small-scale fishers, managers and institutions so they can act as stewards of their fisheries and agents of change, and to raise the urgency and visibility of small-scale fisheries on the global policy agenda.


Globally about nine in ten fishers operate in small-scale fisheries, which produce up to 50 percent of total global fisheries yields, much of which is caught and consumed locally or traded through informal markets.


In Indonesia, the world’s second largest fishing nation, we are partnering with Conservation International to bring sustainable fisheries management to Kaimana, West Papua – the epicenter of global marine biodiversity. Integrating sustainably managed small-scale fisheries and properly crafted MPAs produces much better outcomes than either approach alone.


EDF is delighted the Levine Family Foundation is supporting our work in Indonesia, to help protect fish populations and enhance ecosystem resilience in the face of climate change in some of the world’s most important coral reef ecosystems.

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