All aboard! The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner (OPOC), in partnership with Conservation Strategy Fund, the Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), embarked over a year ago on the journey of the Pacific Ocean Finance Fellowship Program.
Fellow: Andi Sagita MFP Project Title: Model of Marine Plastic Management for Small Scale Fishers in Jakarta
The 2019 Pacific Ocean Finance Fellows, mentor team, and FFA and OPOC representatives. Photo credit: Tanoa Hotel
Pacific Ocean Finance Fellowship Program: developing finance solutions for improved ocean governance and health
The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner (OPOC), in partnership with Conservation Strategy Fund, the Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), launched the Pacific Ocean Finance Fellowship Program earlier this year.
Participants enjoying themselves between training sessions.
Some of the enthusiastic participants in the workshopIn Indonesia, human and development activities have a significant impact on marine ecosystems and the health of fisheries - one of the most important industries in the country. Economic solutions to these issues are often overlooked, though can be among the most effective. To address this, CSF-Indonesia is seeking to empower policy makers in the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) with specific economic tools and knowledge to support them in formulating policies to conserve and sustainably manage marine resources.
Participants working on a group exercise at a previous CSF training in Indonesia. Photo credit: Niki Gribi
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Manokwari, West Papua.
A little over one month ago, CSF completed its second Indonesian Economic Tools for Marine Conservation course hosted in Bali. Twenty-four Indonesian conservation professionals from nineteen institutions participated in the two-week course. Some of the institutions represented were the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Dept. of Environment and Forestry, University of Indonesia, TNC, WWF, as well as other national universities and NGOs and private consultants.