Workshop Finalizing The Zoning Plan Conservation Area
For The Riau Islands
Conservation areas are recognized worldwide as an important effort to protect biodiversity and sustainable use of marine resources. Effectively managed conservation areas will safeguard marine health, provide shelter for various rare, endangered and protected (ETP) species and protect cultivation and spawning grounds for commercially important fish species.
The Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas) with the Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund (ICCTF) are accelerating the collection of data and information on determining the Natuna, Lingga and Batam conservation areas. This acceleration is one of the efforts to achieve the target of expanding national marine conservation areas by 30% by 2045 of the total area of Indonesia's marine areas. This status is a target in terms of protecting coastal ecosystems and small islands, sustaining the diversity of marine biological resources and having stocks of blue carbon reserves, especially Conservation Areas in the Riau Islands.
Riau Islands Province has been one of the CTI COREMAP Project intervention locations since 2011 to support one of the main outcomes, namely strengthening coral reef management and institutions in the project area.
To achieve overall ADB COREMAP-CTI outcomes in accordance with the initial indicators, the ADB COREMAP CTI Project is encouraging the process of determining three priority MPA in the Riau Islands by facilitating the preparation of the Revised Zoning Plan in accordance with Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Regulation Number 31 of 2020 concerning Management of Conservation Areas through activities that include assistance to the Regional Government of the Riau Islands Province in compiling the documents needed to fulfill the process of determining the three priority conservation areas.