Marine Communications Forum in Savu Sea Marine National Park

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In order to support the government in developing strategies and plans for the utilization of marine resources in a sustainable manner, a marine conservation forum (MCF) is to be established in all regencies of East Nusa Tenggara Province. To date, Rote Ndai and Sumba have established the Forum with the support of the East Nusa Tenggara Province Marine Conservation Council (MCC) and The Nature Conservancy. These forums provide a platform for multi-stakeholder participation that is coordinated by the Marine Conservation Council, in the management of the Savu Sea Marine National Park.

MCC bridges various conservation issues with local governments whose territories are within the Savu Sea region. In this forum, the community is involved both in the planning process and through a system of representation. Aspirations of the people can be channeled directly. Development strategies are then integrated with regional interests and local knowledge.

The Savu Sea region is rich with natural resources but is yet to be managed sustainably. The Marine Communications Forum ensures the involvement of multi-stakeholders in collaborative management between the central government, local governments, non-governmental organizations, and local communities, resulting in effective management of the marine national park Long-term protection will benefit national interests, local communities, local governments, as well as the global community.

Savu Sea which has been designated as a Marine National Park covers an area of 3.35 million hectares, divided into the Sumba Strait and Tirosa-Batek zones. The Sumba Strait zone includes the Strait of Sumba which is located within the regencies of East Sumba, West Sumba, Central Sumba, Southwest Sumba, Manggarai and West Manggarai. Tirosa-Batek zone lies within East Sumba, Rote Ndao, Kupang, and Kupang, and East South Central. Savu Sea was gazetted as a marine national park through the Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Decree No. 05 / KEPMEN-KP / 2014.

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