Regional, National and Local Governance
for Large Marine Ecosystem Management
Component 1 of ATSEA-2 has been designed to strengthen regional and national governance for the management of the Arafura and Timor Seas (ATS) region, and facilitate regional-level dialogue in relation to policies and programmes in Indonesia, Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea.
The governance mechanism will be predicated on a clearer understanding of how climate change impacts are affecting vulnerable local communities, fisheries and marine/coastal ecosystems in the ATS region. This will be achieved by working with leading experts, using state-of-the-art scientific analysis and assessment techniques.
The ATSEA-2 Programme has been designed to have a wide-ranging and positive impact, by reaching out to a broad range of interested groups, including:
In addition, a stakeholder partnership forum supports the ATS secretariat in ensuring representative stakeholder participation and coordinated governance of ATS ecosystems. Regional and national governance will be enabled by the creation of dedicated National Inter-Ministry Committees (NIMCs), established at the national level to support the implementation of ATS SAP and NAPs.