Creating Sustainable Climate-Resilient Fisheries in Indonesia

Environmental Defense Fund

Environmental Defense Fund's mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. Incorporated in 1967, EDF leads transformative domestic and global initiatives to stabilise climate; restore ocean fisheries; safeguard land, water and wildlife resources; and protect human health. Our approach combines science, economics, policy, law, technology and social innovation with the power of market-based solutions, advocacy, partnerships and corporate leadership. We believe that using these tools collectively, with the help of key partners, will put the planet on the path to a future in which people and nature prosper together.

The EDF Oceans Program envisions a healthy, biodiverse ocean teeming with fish and wildlife that supports thriving coastal communities with an abundance of food, nutrition and livelihoods for all, even in the face of climate change. Climate change and overfishing are increasingly straining fisheries and the marine ecosystems that support them. Building climate-resilient fisheries for the majority of the world’s catch will improve wellbeing for 500 million people through secure rights and equitable access to ocean resources, increased food and nutrition security through a sustainable supply of wild fish and complementary aquaculture, and increased income and sustained livelihoods for fishers and fishing communities. We expect hundreds of millions more to benefit indirectly through diversified ocean-based economic opportunities and improved ecological and community resilience to climate change, particularly in the tropics

Levine Family Foundation support has enabled EDF and our partner, Conservation International, to revitalise fisheries in Indonesia’s Kaimana Regency, located within the stunningly biodiverse Bird’s Head Seascape. In partnership with local communities and governments at local, regional and national levels, we are building the capacity of all fishery stakeholders to actively participate in crafting science-based management plans that will chart a new course for their small-scale fisheries – plans that demonstrate how ecosystem protections and culturally appropriate, ecologically sustainable development goals can be realised together. These new management systems have laid the groundwork for building climate-resilient fisheries across Kaimana’s full network of marine protected areas and East Indonesia more broadly, and this progress is providing a model for other regions.

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