US EM­BASSY PRO­MOTES BU­NAKEN MA­RINE SUS­TAIN­ABIL­ITY

Manado, North Sulawesi

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Lo­cal sci­en­tists and top diplo­mats of the US Em­bassy in Jakarta re­cently vis­ited Manado to study the rich ma­rine di­ver­sity of Bu­naken Na­tional Ma­rine Park and learn about In­done­sia’s ef­forts to pre­serve its ocean en­vi­ron­ment.

This visit serves as a fol­low-up event to the 2016 Our Ocean con­fer­ence that was held in Septem­ber in Washington, DC. The con­fer­ence’s fo­cus was on pro­mot­ing the “Blue Econ­omy” and sus­tain­able fish­ing. In­done­sia is set to host this con­fer­ence in 2018.

“Ma­rine parks, such as Bu­naken, are in­cred­i­bly valu­able to lo­cal liveli­hoods and by en­gag­ing in the pro­tec­tion and man­age­ment of the area, economic devel­op­ment and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion can be bal­anced,” said the US Em­bassys chargé daf­faires, Brian McFeeters.

JP/ARIEF SUHARDIMAN

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