Jakarta (ANTARA) – As part of the G20 Environment and Climate Sustainability Working Group (ECSWG) this year, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries will prioritize ocean health and sustainable fisheries , said an official.
In a statement released on Thursday, the Ministry’s Secretary General, Antam Novambar, said the ministry, through its participation in the ECSWG, which looks into environmental issues, will work to support Indonesia’s G20 Presidency and make it a success. .
Under the Indonesian chairmanship, the ECSWG will focus on sustainable recovery, land and sea action, as well as resource mobilization to support environmental protection and climate change mitigation and adaptation, a- he declared.
Seven issues derived from these three issues will be prioritized by the group, he said.
Issues include biodiversity, in particular the initiative to develop the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, as well as environmental recovery from land degradation and deforestation, he said.
In addition, the group will look at the protection of marine ecosystems, in particular IUU fishing, the marine protected area in Antarctica and the Osaka Blue Ocean Vision; ocean waste; the efficiency of the use of resources; and the circular economy, Novambar said.
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In addition, it will prioritize sustainable financing to cover broader environmental issues and the G20 dialogue on water, he added.
“The department could help through its blue economic policy which prioritizes people’s prosperity through the management and use of the oceans that consider ecological resilience and economic resilience,” Novambar said. .
The blue economic policy could be adjusted to the ministry’s priority programs for ocean management, such as coastal ecosystem rehabilitation, disaster mitigation, climate change adaptation and conservation management, he said. added.
In addition, the ministry has also come up with a measured fish catching policy, he said.
The policy aims to curb the theft of fish, envisages an equitable distribution of economic growth in coastal areas to eradicate poverty and preserve the health of the ocean for a long time, he added.
Beyond the framework of the ECSWG, the ministry’s support for Indonesia’s G20 Presidency in 2022 could be expanded through the theme “Blue Economy: Towards a Global Recovery”, he said.
There are two pillars that support this theme: strengthening the health and protection of the ocean ecosystem, Novambar said.
The pillars can be achieved through the rehabilitation of coastal ecosystems, disaster mitigation, adaptation to climate change, conservation management, eradication of IUU fishing and reduction of ocean litter , he added.
“In addition, (the ministry will work to) support post-pandemic recovery and food resilience by sustainably enhancing aquaculture productivity, measuring catch and improving food quality and safety,” it said. he informed.
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