PRESS RELEASE

THE NATIONAL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION AGENCY

NO: 046/SP/HM/BKPUK/V/2022

Importance of National Monitoring Network in Coastal Ecosystem Management

 

In the context of supporting management of coastal and small islands ecosystems, the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) together with the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment recommends establishment of a national monitoring network. This recommendation has been formulated in the COREMAP-CTI Workshop Program (16-20/5) which ended with the signing of a joint agreement in Jakarta (19/5).

 

Jakarta, 18 May 2022. A national network of coastal ecosystem monitoring is needed to support sustainable management of coastal ecosystems. In addition, the national network is needed to provide strategic information and policies based on scientific data. This network will also strengthen the commitment and cross-sectoral and institutional cooperation to support the implementation of Indonesia’s Marine Policy Action Plan.

Head of BRIN’s Earth Sciences and Maritime Research Organization, Ocky Karna Radjasa, explained that the condition of coastal ecosystems has all this time been monitored through the Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Program – Coral Triangle Initiative (COREMAP-CTI). Under this program, biophysical data and information are produced that can be used as a reference in the management of coastal areas and small islands.

“The COREMAP will soon end in June. Therefore, as COREMAP-CTI ends and to ensure the sustainability of data and information on coastal ecosystems, it is necessary to form a network which includes all relevant stakeholders involving institutions/agencies both at the central and regional levels, universities and communities/NGOs,” Ocky said.

He explained, with this network monitoring and management of coastal ecosystems can run effectively and can avoid disparities. “It would be very good if the data and information obtained from these various sources could be collaborated and utilized so as to provide an overview, input and preparation of coastal ecosystem management strategies on a national scale,” said Ocky further.

Head of the Oceanographic Research Center, Udhi Eko Hernawan, said that this workshop was a continuation of another workshop on initiation of a Coastal Ecosystem Monitoring Network which was held in Jogjakarta, last 6 – 9 December 2021.

“All the parties agree on the establishment of a national coastal ecosystem monitoring network. The scope of monitoring/research activities to be carried out covers the ecosystems of coral reef, seagrass beds and mangroves,” he revealed.

Udhi explained, as a platform that involves many central, regional, university and NGO institutions, the monitoring network needs to have a structure with clearly defined roles to facilitate coordination, both from technical and administrative perspectives.

Udhi elaborated that the proposed structure is Coordinator/Chairperson (Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment), Secretariat (BRIN), Working Group for Database and Information, Working Group for Monitoring and Conservation of Coastal Ecosystems, Working Group for Research and Development, and Working Group for Capacity Building.

This National Monitoring Network also stipulates a roadmap plan. In 2022-2024, the agency is to design the finalized institutionalization of the National Network, create a grand design for monitoring, integrate and increase the coverage of coastal ecosystem data into one platform, monitor coastal ecosystems, and conduct research on coastal ecosystems. In addition, there will also be improvement in human resource’s capacity, preparation of draft recommendation, and conservation of coastal ecosystems.

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