18 October 2019, Jakarta – WWF-Indonesia, together with the Ministry of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration (PDTT) and the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP), launched new partnerships to strengthen the sustainable development of rural economies in Indonesia, via a series of community empowerment programmes aimed at poverty alleviation and environmental sustainability.
“By strengthening the capacity of Indonesia’s village institutions, in line with our diverse and celebrated traditions, cultures and local knowledge, our partnership with WWF will support rural economies to grow and prosper through sustainable use and management of our natural resources,” said the General Secretary of the Ministry of Villages (PDTT), Anwar Sanusi, in his opening remark.
A new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between WWF-Indonesia and the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries was also signed to extend an existing partnership to 2023. This partnership would continue to support the development of sustainable fisheries, promoting equitable access to marine and fisheries resources, as well as strengthening institutional and human resource capacity in science, research and management in the marine and fisheries sector.
“KKP welcomes the participation of all key players in the marine and fisheries field; our partnership with WWF-Indonesia is one example of how partners can help to actualize our vision of Indonesian seas as the future of the nation, by supporting the three development pillars of marine and fisheries – sovereignty, sustainability and prosperity”, said the General Secretary of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Nilanto Perbowo,
“Rural villages and local communities play a central role in the sustainable use and management of natural resources. If we are to achieve equitable prosperity, we must work alongside with the communities whose livelihoods depend directly on these resources, as well as support the institutions that are fundamental healthy people and resources,” said Rizal Malik, CEO of WWF-Indonesia.
“Which is why we are ever grateful to form such exciting partnerships and work together towards Indonesia’s sustainable development. These partnerships will surely energize our existing efforts to continue improving fisheries management, sustainable agriculture, access to responsible fishery products, increased human resource capacity and marine and fisheries research. It is such a big hope through this partnership that Indonesia can be sovereign and host in our own country,” said Rizal.