JAKARTADAILY.ID – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Indonesia showcased its works in Aquatic Inland and Marine Biodiversity at the Asia Pacific Global Environment Facilities (GEF) workshop and learning station to disseminate research and best practices that have been achieved in the last four years.
The GEF Council approved $78.5 million for 13 FAO-led projects in 16 countries, including Indonesia. Numerous works have been implemented in managing aquatic inland and marine biodiversity in close collaboration with the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) under the Indonesian Seas Large Marine Ecosystem (ISLME) and IFISH projects.
“Sustainable management of blue economy activities, that include Blue Foods – foods produced from the ocean and lakes and rivers – have an essential role to play in achieving food security, ending malnutrition, and building healthy, nature-positive and resilient food systems in the country”, said Rajendra Aryal, the FAO Representative in Indonesia and Timor Leste.
More than 3,000 species of aquatic animals and plants are captured or cultivated for use as food in the world. They are produced through a wide variety of systems – from ocean-going factory trawlers to small-scale fishers using smaller boats, and freshwater fishponds.
Blue foods are already a cornerstone of the global food system, providing a vital source of nutrition for more than 3 billion people worldwide, and livelihoods for other hundreds of millions.
Sustainably managing biodiversity in Indonesia
Working with MMAF, the FAO ISLME project promotes sustainable fisheries and marine resources management in the Indonesian Seas, an area of over 2.3 million hectares, shared by Indonesia (98 percent) and Timor-Leste (2 percent).