As a follow up to the Tokyo Meeting in 2014 alumni from Southeast Asia and South Asia initiated and co-organized the 2016 UN-Nippon regional meeting in collaboration with the UNDOALOS, the Nippon Foundation, the Indonesian Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs, the American Studies Center, Universitas Indonesia and the Indonesian Institute of Advanced International Studies. The theme of our four days meeting in Bali from November 28th to December 1st, 2016 was “Maritime Southeast Asia and South Asia: Mapping Opportunities and Challenges.”
The meeting brought together alumni from Southeast Asia and South Asia, global and regional representatives, experts, policy makers, and civil society members to discuss maritime challenges and changing realities in the economic, political, security and environmental dynamics of the Southeast and South Asian countries and offer solutions to problems confronting these countries. During the meeting we discussed a range of issues including boundaries dispute; maritime security; marine environment; and ocean governance; and set up plan for future actions.
As an integral part of the meeting on the last day we visited a mangrove conservation site in Kampoeng Kepiting (Crab Village), and the Turtle Conservation and Education Centre in Serangan Island. In Kampoeng Kepiting we gained first hand information from Mr. I Made Sumasa regarding local initiative to develop mangrove conservation area. In 2009 Mr. Sumasa gathered fishermen in his village to establish the Wanasari Fishermen Group. Currently, this group consists of 93 fishermen. Since 2009 the group of fishermen together with their family members – 545 people in total – has carried out sustainable efforts to re-store mangrove forest covering over 1,300 hectares. The fishermen group has also used a small part of the mangrove conservation area for crab cultivation, and restaurant as well as bird-watching site to improve the livelihood of the local fishermen. At Serangan Turtle Conservation we learned the relentless efforts of Mr. Wayan Eka and his colleagues in eradicating turtle trading in Bali. Mr. Eka and his colleagues work 24/7 to rescue turtles from Bali and other part of Indonesia that are being traded in the island, and many others that have been injured as a consequence of human activities.
Programme of the Meeting