So, I am very satisfied with Indonesia’s attempts. We have the potential for multilateral cooperation which can generate a concrete result.
Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesia and Panama have agreed to cooperate on water conservation to strengthen the implementation of the blue economy concept to reduce carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.
“The attempt aims to strengthen the implementation of the blue economy program through the expansion of conservation areas,” Indonesian Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP), Sakti Wahyu Trenggono, noted in a statement on Saturday. .
Previously, he was visited by Panamanian Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes at the KKP ministry headquarters in Jakarta on April 8, 2022.
Trenggono noted that Indonesia’s marine conservation areas continue to increase every year and are expected to reach 32.5 million hectares by 2030.
The marine conservation area is a protected water area that is managed with a zoning system to implement sustainable management of its fishery resources and environment.
The Indonesian minister considered that the area is important for the implementation of blue carbon since the mangroves, seagrass beds and other biota in the waters are capable of absorbing large amounts of carbon.
He noted that in addition to constantly expanding marine conservation areas, the ministry will immediately implement a measured fishing policy to thwart overfishing and illegal fishing at sea.
Meanwhile, Mouynes noted that Indonesia and Panama share the same vision in pursuit of maritime health.
The Minister said that Panama is known as a country whose conservation area is almost as large as the country itself.
Moreover, the Central American country is famous for its abundant marine wealth. However, it is threatened by the impact of climate change.
Therefore, the Panamanian minister pointed out that her country is currently carrying out intensive multilateral cooperation to reduce carbon emissions through water conservation activities.
“So I’m very happy with Indonesia’s attempts. We have the potential for multilateral cooperation that can generate a concrete result,” she said.
Besides marine conservation, the meeting also discussed the potential for cooperation in the aquaculture sub-sector in Indonesia.