GOALS & OBJECTIVE

ATSEA-2 sets out to achieve a variety of aims and objectives in the Arafura and Timor Seas (ATS) region, oriented towards the conservation of ecosystem biodiversity and the integrated, sustainable management of resources. These objectives can be divided according to their environmental and governmental scope:

ENVIRONMENTAL OBJECTIVES:

Support the recovery of sustainable fisheries and restore degraded habitats

Create healthy and functioning natural ecosystems

Protect key marine species

Reduce land-based and marine pollution at source

Mitigate the effects of climate change through adaptation

GOVERNANCE OBJECTIVES:

Strengthen ATS regional governance

Sustain the flow of ecosystem goods and services from the Arafura and Timor Seas

Support transboundary governance strategies rooted in national development priorities

APPROACH

In order to achieve the conservation and sustainable management of  marine/coastal ecosystems in the ATS region, the ATSEA-2 Programme is divided into three main components:

COMPONENT 1:

Regional, National and Local Governance for Large Marine Ecosystem Management

COMPONENT 2:

Improving LME Carrying Capacity to Sustain Provisioning, Regulating and Supporting Ecosystem Services

COMPONENT 3:

Knowledge Management

Through a combination of these three criteria, ATSEA-2 aims to achieve its main objectives in ATS, while also sharing best practices and scaling the initiative at a local, national and regional level.