Conservation Strategy Fund helps local conservationists use economic tools to find smart, efficient solutions to the most urgent environmental problems. Since its creation in 1998, CSF has conducted dozens of analysis projects in forests, rivers and coastal environments. Most of our work has focused in the tropics, where extraordinarily high levels of biological diversity are found. To maximize the reach and quality of our work, we involve leading experts and conservation organizations in all of our projects.

Accelerating fisheries reform through economic analysis and capacity building for Indonesian Fisheries Management Areas

In recent years, Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) has made bold moves towards fisheries policy reform. Efforts to improve national fisheries management have included combating illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities, and bans on destructive fishing gear within Indonesian Fisheries Management Areas (FMAs).

CSF is working with MMAF to develop a coherent national strategy for a sustainable fisheries management, including access, inputs, and output controls, that will maximize the value of Indonesia’s fishery resources.

Specifically, our role includes:

  1. Engaging directly with FMA stakeholders in a series of training workshops to build the capacity of decision makers to understand and use economic arguments to improve policy at the national and subnational levels.
  2. Providing mentorship for provincial officials, civil society organization advocates, and university researchers in several FMAs as they conduct economic analysis of fisheries management strategies.

This project is supported by Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies.

Photo: Traditional net fishing in Southeast Asia

Photo Credit: Chokchai Poomichaiya/