Decreasing the vulnerability of Indonesia’s fishing communities

bcnfFunder: Newton Fund

Funding: £90.000

Partner: Universitas Indonesia

PI: Math Noortmann

Abstract:

This project investigates and develops the role of Indonesian fishing communities in the governance of Indonesia’s maritime domain. It addresses the security and livelihood threats that are caused by illegal and unsustainable fishing. Illegal fishing amounts to an estimated annual loss of 20 billion USD for Indonesia and the socio-economic stability of local fishing communities is most affected.

The project lessens the vulnerability of these communities by including them in a multi-stakeholder network that develops and advocates integrative solutions to the development of a blue economy. The project speaks directly to the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals 1 and 14.

The network builds on the Consortium on Maritime Security for Indonesia in which Coventry University and Universitas Indonesia are the principle academic drivers. It involves key (inter)governmental consortium members as well as civil society and community stakeholders.

The project aims in particular to:
a) build a durable institutional link between academics, practitioners and communities,
b) improve a cohesive understanding of the impact of illegal and unsustainable fishing on communities’ security and livelihoods,
c) improve stakeholder cooperation for the advancement of maritime security policies and practices, and
d) translate and operationalise the research findings for national and local authorities.
The project develops a network of small research teams, which investigate a particular fisheries related maritime governance problem. The findings and results will be widely published, presented and disseminated to relevant audiences in cooperation with the partner organisations and through the Consortium.
The project’s impact will be measured in terms of increased stakeholder interaction and actual changes in the development and security of fishing communities.