Situational Context

As the world’s largest archipelagic state, Indonesia’s ocean and sea play an important role economically, politically and culturally. Surrounded by bodies of water that is nearly four times larger than its land area, Indonesia's economy, geopolitics, culture and natural environment is shaped by the country’s seas.

Indonesia is renowned for the wealth of its marine resources and fisheries. Effective management is a prerequisite for its continuous supply. As with other countries around the world, Indonesia’s marine and fisheries sectors are facing serious challenges. The management of these sectors are often complicated by the country’s complex political scene and competing economic and environmental interests.

The Indonesian government has laid out a number of strategic priorities, including improving the enforcement of Indonesia’s sovereignty over its own maritime space and by defining the country's standing as an emerging and strategic maritime power. The government have set the course, by establishing the foundation for sovereignty, sustainability, and prosperity, for maritime affairs, including management of marine resources and fisheries.

Insights

3 Reasons Why Women in Fisheries Matter for an Inclusive Economic Recovery

In Indonesia, women may contribute up to 42% or more of the people engaged in the fisheries sector. However, their substantial role is often overlooked in management and policies. The absence of recognition for women in the fisheries sector can be detrimental to the sector and the economy. It is important to recognize women's economic contribution and knowledge, since they play a big role in alleviating poverty and in fisheries policy to recover from COVID-19.

10 November 2020

Indonesia's commitment to a global, healthy, and sustainable ocean is not incompatible with restarting the economy. Indeed, COVID-19 may possess challenges, but it also provides economic opportunity and the foundation of a resilient economy without compromising the ocean ecosystem. 

10 November 2020