The Ambassador Dr. Georg Witschel Discussing Sustainable Fisheries in Indonesia with MDPI Team in Bali Office

25 Jun 2015
Indah Rufiati

On 12 June 2015, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Indonesia, Timor Leste and ASEAN, Dr. Georg Witschel, together with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Programme Director, Dr. Rudolf Rauch, and their team, visited Yayasan Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI) in Bali. They visited MDPI office to discuss about issues and challenges for Indonesia in moving towards sustainable fisheries and how it relates to Indonesia’s marine fisheries agenda which is based on the three pillars of sovereignty, sustainability and prosperity. MDPI presented how it is working on these issues.

To give more information about MDPI programs toward achieving sustainable fisheries in Indonesia, MDPI Executive Director, Aditya Surono, gave a presentation about MDPI history and MDPI activities in general, followed by further explanations about MDPI specific programs by Momo Kochen, MDPI Director Programs and Science.  Mr. Blane Olson from Technical Services joined the discussion and explained the importance of private sector in supporting fisheries sustainability, fishers’ livelihood and Eco-certification. He added that quality improvement is an important part of eco-certification and should always be a part of any improvement activities.

The discussion also addressed the Fair Trade program for which MDPI has been appointed by CTP/ANOVA USA to assist the implementation and provide support to stakeholders in meeting the Fair Trade standard.  The first Fair Trade certified wild caught yellowfin tuna product is from the Molluca Handline fishery in Indonesia and was implemented by MDPI.

GIZ currently has a program called LCORE, which stands for Promotion of Least Cost Renewables in Indonesia. The program promotes the use of renewable energy technologies in areas where these can be applied cost efficiently. Therefore, GIZ is currently investigating the possibility to implement the program in small scale fisheries by applying least cost renewable energy technologies on fishery vessels in Indonesia using solar technology. Prior to the meeting, Dr. Rauch visited Tanjung Benoa Bali with the MDPI team to observe fish unloading activities in the field and understand the supply chain of small scale fisheries in Indonesia as well as absorb fishing information from fishermen directly. Given MDPI’s expertise in small scale fisheries and focus on environmental and social improvements, there may be opportunities for GIZ and MDPI to collaborate in the LCORE project for small scale fisheries.

All stakeholders present at the meeting agreed that a good legal framework between German government, GIZ and MDPI, is of great importance in order to further develop the relationship and collaborate on improving the sustainability of small scale fisheries in Indonesia.

Dr. Rauch observing fish unloading process in Tanjung Benoa. Photo credit: MDPI

Ambassador  Witschel discussing sustainable fisheries in Indonesia with MDPI team

Writer: Indah Rufiati

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