WHAT IS THE ATSEA-2 PROGRAMME?

Started in 2019,  ATSEA-2 is the second phase of the Arafura & Timor Seas Ecosystem Action (ATSEA) Programme; a regional partnership involving the Governments of Indonesia, Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea, with the support of the Australian Government. This group works to devise and implement solutions to the most important transboundary marine issues facing the region.

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WHAT DOES THE PROGRAMME AIM TO ACHIEVE?

Our primary aim is to conserve the biodiversity of the Arafura and Timor seas for the overall health of the ocean and the livelihoods of the communities who depend on it for survival. We also work to ensure the networks supporting these resources and revenues are operated efficiently, fairly and sustainably.

Our objective: to ensure the sustainable management and usage of living coastal and marine resources

Our goal: to sustain the flow of ecosystem goods and services from the Arafura and Timor Seas

From conserving natural ecosystems to empowering local fisheries and securing regional supply chains, the ATSEA-2 Programme sets out to ensure that coastal and marine resources are protected.

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WHERE DOES ATSEA-2 WORK?

We are working in three countries in the ATS region: Indonesia, Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea. In Indonesia, our sites are located in Aru District, Maluku Province; Merauke District, Papua Province; and Rote Ndao District, East Nusa Tenggara Province. In Timor-Leste, our sites can be found mainly on the south coast, in the Suai, Manufahi, Manatuto, Viqueque and Lautem Municipios, respectively. Lastly, in Papua New Guinea, ATSEA-2 is operating in the South Fly District of the Western Province.

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IN ASSOCIATION

Drawing together a diverse range of skilled experts, NGOs, government departments, funding organisations and community representatives, the ATSEA-2 Programme uses an intergovernmental approach to create a trans-boundary strategy that is rooted in national development priorities. This is achieved through a regional Strategic Action Programme (SAP).

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