Wednesday, 17 July 2019 | 18:30 WIB

Indonesia-Norway Strengthen Collaboration in Marine Spatial Management

A fishing boat in Halmahera Island, Maluku.

JAKARTA, NNC - The Government of Indonesia and the Kingdom of Norway strengthen the collaboration in marine spatial management so that the economic benefits and efforts to restructure the ocean space in the national water area can be balanced.

"Norway has several excellent programs in sustainable sea spatial management, such as Fish for Development, Marine Spatial Management Plans and Ocean Waste Management," said Norwegian Foreign Ministry representative Jens Holte in a press release from the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) on Sunday (6/10/2018).

Jens Holte described the management of ocean spaces should be balanced between economic and ecological. Norway has several excellent programs in the field of sustainable marine management.

He said Norway has a great interest in reducing marine waste. "We believe that plastic waste can adversely affect the quality of seafood that will be consumed," he said.

One of Norwegian commitments to reduce marine waste is demonstrated through a trust fund that is used to help countries reduce sea waste in the world.

This trust fund is awarded through various determinations, one of which is through the World Bank, and is channeled to countries requiring assistance for waste management at sea, including Indonesia.

Indonesian Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti welcomed the Norwegian assistance. "We greatly appreciate Norwegian assistance in Indonesia's efforts to reduce marine waste," she said as quoted by Antara, Sunday.

Minister Susi continued the reduction of marine waste is one of Indonesia's main policies related to maritime governance, in addition to eradication of illegal fishing which has been the priority of MMAF to improve fishery governance in Indonesia.

She also stressed that the use of trust funds is allocated to help communities on small islands that feel the direct impact of marine waste.

Minister Susi invited Norwegian Foreign Minister to participate in the implementation of Our Ocean Conference (OOC) 2018 which is scheduled to take place on October 29-30, 2018 at Nusa Dua Convention Center, Bali, Indonesia.