Indonesia′s marine resources could reach US $1.2 Trillion

09 July, 2013

The potential of Indonesia’s marine resources could reach US $ 1.2 trillion annually that should be exploited, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) Sharif Cicip Sutardjo said on Thursday.

’The management and utilization of marine resources potentials if done optimally could reach US&1.2 trillion annually. Of course it is much bigger than the national budget’ he said.

Therefore, he said, KKP Ministry encourages Iundonesia Marine Council (DEKIN) to cooperate and disseminate information of the country’s marine values.

He also hailed the partnerships between DEKIN and National Library of Indonesia (PNRI) to start developing literature studies for the public.

Even more, the minister said DEKIN has the obligation to educate and privode knowledge scientifically for younger generation, especially to change their paradigms.

’Our paradigm should no longer be land-based, but more marine-based’ said the minister.

The Asia Conference on Oceans, Food Security and Blue Growth (ACOFB) 2013 which was held in Bali, June 18-30, resulted in a seven points action plan agreed by the participating countries.

The seven strategies included coordinated actions to increase investments and cooperation based on factual approaches to expose marine resources.

Furthermore, the other strategy is to increase regional cooperation in Asia to develop the capacity and transfer of technology, partnerships in every discipline and cross-sector, and also to empower the implementation of integrated policies.

„The other strategy is to identify sources of funding for the marine and coastal resources initiatives developement in order to contribute to sustainable socioeconomic benefits that can be realized by implementing ’The Blue Economy’ approach.” He said.

Saut emphasized Asian countries were still facing marine challanges such as sea water health challanges, food resilience, poverty, economic developement, resilience agaianst climate change and ocean acidification.

 

 

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