Indonesia called out and pled the international community to give serious attention and sound action in saving coral reefs and marine resource in the Karang Triangle (Segitiga Karang). The point was, so far the Triangular Reefs which consisted of sea was known for its wealth of biological bio diversity and enormous potential marine treasures.
In the global forum Indonesia was ready to make commitment to the program of Coral Triangle Initiative-Coral Reefs. Fisheries and Security (CTICFE). Soon the program would be the working platform of the Blue Economy concept. “This is due to some similarity with the guiding principles of CTICFF which put high priority on biodiversity conservation approach that stood on the public’s side” the Minister of Maritime and Fishery Sharif C. Sutardjo told Business News (12/7).
The Blue Economy concept was focused on the oceanic and maritime sectors, which was also emphasis on balancing of economic development. The environmental sustainability had its impact on welfare of the general public. On the other hand a healthy marine ecosystem was supportive to people’s life and sustainable economic development. Application of economic concept in the marine and fishery sector was expected to enhance a well balanced economic development between exploitation of natural resources and natural conservation. This was mainly because there would be balancing and change in orientation of development from land to sea.
Meanwhile Forum Rio + 20 sometime ago agreed on strengthening joint commitment on the implementation of CTI-CFF program as written in the Regional Action Plan (RAR) and National Action Plan (RAN). The action plan in various management program for coastal and sea resources was most comprehensive and was commonly agreed upon by six nations during the declaration of CTI-CFF Regional Initiative 2009 in Manado.
Furthermore Rio + 20 agreed on underscoring the importance of sea and coastal resources management. The reason was because management of sea and coastal resources had their impact on economic growth, poverty elimination, food resilience, and adaptation to climate change. From the strategic viewpoint, the initiative had stipulated the objectives and regional prioritizing to tackle various threats to biological sustainability of fishery resources and triangular reef. Such was signified by various acts of prioritizing by countries of the world which busted out in various conventions. The global scientific forum (CTI-CFF) was attended by more than 150 scientists, practitioners and Governments of member countries and there were 170 academic proposals presented in various sessions.
In the near future Indonesia planned to attend the International Coral Reefs Symposium/ICRS in Cairns, Australia. This symposium would discuss scientific approach on coral reefs in the effort to develop sustainable maritime and fishery industry. As planned, the Government of RI through the Ministry of Maritime and Fishery (KKP) would elaborate on the condition of coral reefs in Indonesia. ICRS was a scientific symposium to be conducted for 5 days attended by 2500 scientists from more than 80 countries to discuss research and latest development of coral reefs technology. “Outcome of the scientists’ research is important for the scheming up of coral reef management in many parts of the world” Minister of Sjarief was quoted as saying.
Dr Lubchenco had the opportunity to come up as keynote speaker representing Indonesia, the essence of his presentation was more or less as follows “CTI-CFF was a case of leadership, and interactions among disciplines, observers and scientists for developing and finding creative solutions to meet the challenges in food resiliency amidst anomalous weather and sea contamination”.
Business News - July18, 2012