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Enhancing Regional Cooperation on Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Pollution in Southeast Asia

ASEAN High Level Dialogue on Ocean and Blue Economy

Jakarta, Indonesia

8 May 2018

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) in collaboration with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Jakarta, with support from the ASEAN Secretariat and the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Indonesia organised the abovementioned forum in Jakarta. The aim was mainly to gather policy makers and experts to discuss issues and solutions on managing marine pollution in Southeast Asia, with a focus on the implementation of sustainable fisheries and blue economy for a healthy environment and sustainable development in the region.  

The forum brought together expertise and participation from academe, research institutions, as well as the government and non-governmental agencies, and media representatives. The sessions focused on discussing the promotion of sustainable fisheries for food security in the Southeast Asian region, marine pollution challenges in ASEAN, including the drivers and causes, and finding solutions for sustainable ocean and blue economy challenges.

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During the forum

Speakers were a good mix of representatives from national and regional entities including the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), ASEAN Secretariat, UN Environment, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI), Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), and several others.

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One of the discussion sessions

Cheryl Rita, Head of the Centre for Coastal and Marine Environment MIMA was invited to speak at the forum. She elaborated on the development of a blue economy initiative on resources and environmental management through national and regional frameworks for cooperation. 

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Cheryl Rita spoke on sustainable blue economy development focusing on resources and marine environmental protection and management

Overall, the forum set the pace for the 5th Ocean Conference scheduled to be held in Bali in October 2018. The conference will further dwell on enhancing collaboration and partnerships between various ocean stakeholders, focusing on integrated and actionable solutions, removing barriers between sectors, disciplines, and financing streams to comprehensively address the ocean as an inter-connected system and economy. The priority areas to be addressed in October would include marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and climate change-related impacts to the oceans. 

A media piece by MIMA on the subject also appeared in The Star at

https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/letters/2018/05/07/time-to-focus-on-blue-economy/

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