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EAFM Plan for Timor-Leste South Coast Red Snapper Fishery

This Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) Plan is developed in partnership with MAF and UNDP to improve the management of red snapper fisheries in the Timor Seas region of Timor-Leste. The plan was created through a participatory consultative process conducted throughout 2021, with inputs provided by more than 50 contributors from national and sub-national fisheries agencies, communities, fishers, scientists and non-government organisations.

ATSEA Annual Report 2021

In spite of the myriad challenges posed by the global pandemic, 2021 was a year of significant progress for ATSEA-2. This report presents key progress and accomplishments in the implementation of the ATSEA-2 Project in 2021, highlighting how it has been actively engaging officials, communities and fishers on the frontline of the issues addressed, facilitating communication between all parties and empowering them to lead the way moving forward.

Representing efforts with a diverse range of stakeholders and contributors, this report is both an indication of progress and an illustration of shared responsibility – a statement of intent that we are stronger, and better, together.

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ICM Baseline Report

This report confirms basic ideas and strategies in relation to climate change vulnerability, ecological and socio-economic conditions in two villages (Uma Boco and Aubeon) in Sub-District of Barique. The report describes the principal issues and challenges in sustaining the various and valuable economic activities of coastal communities in two villages above-mentioned. The report will also come-up with some recommendations ways to organize marine and coastal environmental management and conservation programs. It aims at conserving and preventing coastal biological diversity through encouragement of local people to reduce negative impacts of the marine and coastal resources.

Baseline Study for ICM Barique

This report shows basic strategies and methods that can be used in implementing ICM programs to manage marine and coastal resources in an integrated and in acceptable way in Timor-Leste. The report also conceptualizes the main challenges in sustaining the various and valuable economic activities around coastal areas that are based upon living fisheries resources and recommend ways and approaches to manage marine/coastal biodiversity through ICM programs.

Valuation of Ecosystem Services in the Arafura and Timor Seas Region

Valuation of ecosystem services in this report presents results mainly from fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, wood/timber and blue carbon. Data for this report were obtained mainly through desk studies and analyses of data sets supplied from field stations. Large data sets, especially spatial data, were obtained from Yayasan Konservasi Alam Nusantara (YKAN). Other data were collected from various sources, including national and local government reports, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Asian Development Bank (ADB), World Bank, and published research papers.

Training on Database and Information Management System for the ATS

Under the auspices of the GEF/UNDP/PEMSEA ATSEA-2 Project, CTC and YKAN facilitated technical training on database and information management system using several tools (i.e. spatial data processing tool using QGIS and biodiversity data collection using participatory mapping tools and Android Based Apps (Kobo Tool-Box).

Status of Habitats and Ecosystems in the Southeast Aru Islands Marine Reserve

This report provides information on the condition of marine ecosystems, community utilisation patterns and findings of unique marine biota in the SAP area to support the process of reviewing zones within the area and contribute to better, more efficient management of the area.

Atlas of Arafura and Timor Seas

The Atlas combines information gathered from field assessments conducted by ATSEA-2 teams in Merauke, Aru and Rote Ndao, collating information from available biodiversity and geospatial databases. It presents a wealth of information at the regional level: oceanographic conditions of the ATS region; distribution of essential coastal ecosystems and their corresponding species in the ATS region; distribution and habitats of Endangered, Threatened and Protected (ETP) species in the ATS region; fisheries resources potential and existing fishing grounds found in the ATS region; environmental threats faced by the ATS region, including climate change potential, habitat destruction, threats to marine species and marine pollution; and existing and potential MPAs in the ATS region.

Assessment of Coastal Ecosystem Economic Value in Southeast Aru

The study about ecosystem service and value of primary ecosystem will help the stakeholder to communicate about how important the protection of coastal ecosystem in this area. Therefore, this study was aims to estimate the total value of ecosystem service produce by coastal ecosystems in southeast Aru.

Assessment of Mangrove Ecosystem Economic Value Surround SAP Kolepom, Merauke Regency

The study about ecosystem service and value of primary ecosystem will help the MPA manager to communicate about how important the protection of mangrove ecosystem surrounds MPA. Therefore, this study was aims to estimate the total value of ecosystem service produce by mangroves surrounds SAP P. Kolepom.

Analysis of Threatened, Charismatic, and Migratory Species Distribution around the ATS

This report reviews the biophysical and oceanographical characteristics of the Arafura and Timor Seas (ATS) region which make it an ideal habitat for many charismatic marine species, including sea turtles, marine mammals, sharks and birds.

Regional Profile of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems in the ATS

This status review serve as the basis for the development of a focussed management strategy for the four countries that border the Arafura and Timor Seas (Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste).

Status of Sea Turtle in the ATS Region

This status review serve as the basis for the development of a focused management strategy for the four countries that border the Arafura and Timor Seas (Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste).

Roadmap for the Establishment of New MPAs in the ATS

ATSEA-2 Programme conducted a marine gap analysis by considering existing and proposed MPAs and Areas of Interest (AOIs) in each of the four countries, using the best available science, data and MPA design practices (i.e., Marxan MPA network design criteria) to identify gaps in the regional MPA network.

Setting Goals Objectives and MPA Network Design

In this report, we outline the main steps for designing an MPA network in the ATS region.

Report on Regional and National Consultations Regarding the Draft MPAN Design and Regional Sea Turtle Action Plan

The objectives of the consultations were to validate or refine spatial data on coastal and marine resources, including key ecosystems and species; to update key stakeholders in ATS countries on the MPA network design draft document, which is a roadmap for developing an MPA network and regional sea turtle action plan; and to gather inputs and advice from each country in relation to these documents.

Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Analysis for ATS Region

This study is designed to ensure the participation of women and men with equal voice, which is in line with the gender equality and social inclusion strategies, guidance and standards of both UNDP and GEF. Despite project gains, there is a need for a more comprehensive GESI Analysis for the entire region. A series of field surveys were conducted in the 3 countries – Indonesia, Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea.

Report on Gender Assessment in Aru Islands

This report was developed to identify gender inequality issues opportunities to address the gender related barriers specific to the project’s proposed activities in Aru Islands Regency, such as barriers to women’s and girl’s participation in fisheries, decision making and capacity building.

Report on Gender Assessment in Rote Ndao

This report was developed to identify gender inequality issues opportunities to address the gender related barriers specific to the project’s proposed activities in Rote Ndao Regency, such as barriers to women’s and girl’s participation in fisheries, decision making and capacity building.

Oeseli Village Community Action Plan

ATSEA-2 has developed a “Guide for Decision-Makers: Using Regional Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment” for communities to use regional climate change information to develop a participatory adaptation and management plan. Kertabumi has been commissioned by ATSEA-2 to test the Guide in Oeseli village, Rote Ndao to explore relevancy and effectiveness of it. This community action plan was developed through a participatory approach to create effective and relevant climate change adaptations that can support sustainable habitats, species and livelihoods of the people.

PNG Capacity Development Plan

This capacity development plan is based on the stakeholder analysis and capacity assessment that was conducted for the ATSEA-2 project in Papua New Guinea. The assessment identified the relevant stakeholders, their potential roles in the implementation of the project and achievement of outcomes, and capacity needs of these stakeholders. The plan also determines the capacity strengths and weaknesses of the stakeholders for their roles.

PNG Stakeholders Evaluation and Capacity Assessment in Marine and Fisheries

The purpose of this report is to determine the current capacity of the stakeholders that will make up the SPF (Stakeholder Partnership Forum) of the ATSEA-2 Programme of the South Fly in PNG.

PNG Legal Framework in Marine and Fisheries

This working document scopes the foundational activity of a functioning regional governance mechanism, to be endorsed through a Ministerial Declaration by the four littoral countries of Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste, and supported by a representative Stakeholder Partnership Forum (SPF) and National Inter-ministerial Committee (NIMC).

Guidance Document on the Development of Regional Governance Mechanism

This guidance document was developed to accompany the regional assessment report and support transitioning the ATSEA-2 program into an active regional mechanism. An assessment of costs and benefits of operationalizing an organization for regional cooperation is provided, and other considerations for ATS countries that are relevant to the establishment of different elements for the proposed regional mechanism are also discussed.

Regional Governance Assessment

Building on the results of desk review, online interviews and questionnaire, and webinar consultations, this assessment puts forward a proposed regional mechanism and recommendations to facilitate informed decision-making on the final collaborative mechanism for the ATS region.

Proceedings of the Consultative Meeting on the Regional Stakeholder Partnership Forum (SPF)

The Consultative Meeting on the Regional Stakeholder Partnership Forum (SPF) was conducted on December 20, 2021 through a hybrid mechanism. Through breakout group discussions, several suggestions were put forward which will then feed into the ongoing refinements and finalization of the SPF TOR and Guidelines.

Report on Facilitation of Developing National Inter-Ministry Committees (NIMCs) to Support Arafura and Timor Seas Governance in Indonesia

This report pertains focuses on the development of National Inter-Ministry Committees (NIMCs) to Support Arafura and Timor Seas Governance in Indonesia.

Collaborative Surveillance Best Practices and Lesson Learned Against IUU Fishing

This paper attempts to compile and review the practices of fisheries co-surveillance in Arafura-Timor Seas.

Review of National Policies and Regulation of RPOA-IUU Participating Countries

This paper attempts to compile and review the national level regulations supplemented with recommendations for better RPOA-IUU work plan implementation, focusing on the Sub-Group Arafura and Timor Seas (ATS) littoral nations, namely Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste.

Supporting Efforts in Developing Tools for the FAO Global Record Initiative

This report aims to identify efforts that should be taken by the ATS littoral states (Australia, Indonesia, PNG, and Timor-Leste) in ensuring their effective participation in the GRI.

Profile of Barramundi Fisheries in Merauke

This study aims to compile a profile of barramundi fisheries in the Merauke Regency, including information on fishing gear and fishing vessels, fishermen, fishing operations, fishing areas and seasons, and fishing efforts.

Profile of Shrimp Fisheries in Aru

This study aims to compile a profile of shrimp fisheries in the Aru Islands Regency, including information on fishing gear and fishing vessels, fishermen, fishing operations, fishing areas and seasons, and fishing efforts.

Fish Consumption Level and Value Chain Assessment in Merauke and Aru

This fish consumption and value chains field survey was conducted to estimate the current levels of fish consumption in Aru Islands and Merauke regencies which are located in the eastern part of Indonesia.

Fisheries Business Plan in Merauke and Aru Regency

This study aimed at identifying potential fisheries business plan for local sustainable livelihood in Aru Islands and Merauke regency.

Fishery Baselines – An EAFM for Red Snapper in the ATS

The information underpinning all of the fisheries was collected throughout the term of the project. Information collected aligns to the three pillars of EAFM: Ecological wellbeing, human wellbeing, and effective governance.

Scaling up RBM in the ATS

This strategy document has been developed under the auspices of the ATSEA-2 project to advance rights-based management (RBM) approaches to fisheries management throughout the region.

Report on EAFM Training and Training of Trainers

This report pertains focuses on the development of an ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM) plan for Red Snapper in the ATS region and the training of key stakeholders and fishery managers as EAFM experts and trainers.

Stakeholder Consultation Report for Arafura and Timor Seas Red Snapper EAFM Planning

This report elaborates the desk-based research and outreach to project partners to construct an initial, comprehensive list of fishery stakeholders categorized by location, sector, and role.

PROCEEDINGS OF THE THIRD RSC MEETING – 2021

Full proceedings of the Third Regional Steering Committee (RSC) meeting of the GEF/UNDP/PEMSEA Project on the Arafura and Timor Seas Ecosystem Action Program Phase 2 (ATSEA-2) held on 6 – 7 December 2021.

Assessing the Vulnerability of the Arafura and Timor Seas Region to Climate Change

A number of projects in the ATS region have provided foundational baseline information on ecosystems in the region and the communities that depend on them, as well as potential climate change impacts. This report provides a review of available climate data and projections for the ATS region, and a selection of data for inputting to the vulnerability assessment.

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Marine and Land-based Pollution Assessment on the Southern Coast of Rote Ndao Regency, Indonesia

This report delved into identifying the sources of pollution and hotspots using DPSIR framework and interviews on pollution perception of the coastal residents of Rote Ndao Regency. While desktop research on the Regency produced meaningful information for pollution hotspot analysis, interviews conducted by the 20 Indonesian surveyors resulted in key findings on sources and residents’ perception on pollution.

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Marine and Land-based Pollution Assessment in the Arafura and Timor Seas Region

Since 2019, the ATSEA Program Phase II expounded on the findings of the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) to resolve various issues in the region through the implementation of the SAP. This report was developed as a part of the Strategic Action Programme (SAP) implementation to identify pollution hotspots in the region.

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ATSEA-2 Programme Info Sheets

A summary of the ATSEA-2 programme, with information on the background of the project, issues that the ATS is facing, programme goals and objectives, as well as a summary of the expected outcomes.

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ATSEA-2 Programme Sites in Indonesia

A range of activities are planned or currently underway in Indonesia, based in sites where the three main components of the ATSEA-2 Programme can make a difference to local conservation and livelihood issues, while also contributing to wider impacts across the ATS region.

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ATSEA-2 Programme Site in Papua New Guinea

In Papua New Guinea, ATSEA-2 is working in South Fly District, Western Province, where ATSEA-2 will adopt an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM), comprising an artisanal fisheries management plan and the initial implementation of rights-based management in the region.

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ATSEA-2 Programme Sites in Timor-Leste

In Timor-Leste, ATSEA-2 is based in several municipalities, where a range of projects will be initiated. These activities will include the strengthening of existing Marine Protected Areas (MPA), while also designating a new MPA and promoting alternative livelihoods for the communities that live and work in these locations. A variety of Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) plans will be developed and implemented, focusing on alternative livelihoods and capacity building.

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ATSEA-2 Annual Report 2020

This annual report carries the theme of ADAPT, INNOVATE and DELIVER. As 2020 is quite a unique year, this captures how the Project managed to ADAPT with new ways of conducting planning, coordination, and implementation. With guidance from UNDP and PEMSEA, the Project recognized the need to strategize and INNOVATE to keep the project agile. With perseverance and closer coordination, the Project was able to DELIVER good progress and carry on with its mandate.

We hope that you would enjoy reading this report, and may you all be in good health and high spirits as we journey towards another year together.

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Strategic Action Programme (SAP)

The Strategic Action Programme (SAP) for the Arafura and Timor Seas (ATS) describes policy and institutional initiatives, and capacity development and investments needed to address the priority problems of a transboundary nature identified in the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) for the ATS region.

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ATS Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA)

The overall objective of the ATS Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) was to identify transboundary priority environmental concerns, their direct and indirect drivers, and impacts on ecosystem services and human well-being. With the TDA as the basis, the objective was also to present practical and implementable proposals for consideration during development of the ATS Strategic Action Programme (SAP).

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A Study of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing in the Arafura Sea, Indonesia

Fisheries resources in the Arafura Sea Fisheries Management Area have been intensively exploited by industrial scale fishing fleets using fish trawls, shrimp trawls and bottom long lines. Based on data records, interviews and a series of workshops and consultations, this study attempts to estimate IUU in this region.

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Marine Biodiversity Review of the Arafura and Timor Seas

The Marine Biodiversity Review of the Arafura and Timor Seas is the first publication of the Census of Marine Life (CoML) Indonesia in collaboration with the Agency for Marine and Fisheries Research (AMFR) and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI). This has been an important endeavor in raising the profile of Arafura and Timor Seas. The richness of its marine biodiversity in this area is tremendous, but yet it needs to be explored more.

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Catalogue Map of ATSEA

This book contain thematic map of coastal ecosystem in the Arafura and Timor Seas.

Biophysical Profile of the Arafura and Timor Seas

This report on the biophysical profile of the Arafura and Timor Seas (ATS) region contains overall views on the current condition of the region which discusses and identifies concerns and issues related to the region. The report provides important information and serves as major inputs in the TDA (Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis) process.

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Socio-Economic Profile of the Arafura and Timor Seas

This report is structured into two sections. Part A profiles the socio-economic context of the four countries in the ATS region. This includes summaries of demographic characteristics, ethnicity, languages, religion and culture and description of key socio-economic sectors and coastal livelihoods in the region. Part B describes the social, economic and conservation drivers of marine and coastal activity and impacts from environmental degradation. Some key threatening transboundary issues and recommendations are also identified.

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ATSEA Thematic Reports on the Arafura and Timor Seas Region

This thematic reports is a compilation of documents concerning Project Preparation Grant of The Arafura and Timor Seas Ecosystem Action Program, consists of the following topics:

  • Report on Transboundary Biodiversity, Fisheries and Oceanography Issues in the Arafura and Timor Seas (ATS) Region
  • Socio-Economics and Development Needs of Coastal Community in the Arafura and Timor Seas
  • Policy Framework and Governance Institutions; Governing the Management of the Arafura and Timor Seas

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ATSEA Cruise 2 Report

The second cruise of the ATSEA program was conducted from 30 June to 20 July 2011 aboard the AIMS vessel R/V Solander. The main objective of the expedition was to conduct detailed surveys of the benthos and the water-column within individual reefs of the Sahul Banks off northwestern Australia and along the entire southern coast of Timor-Leste.

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ATSEA Cruise Report

The ATSEA cruise is funded partially by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), as part of the TDA – SAP development of the Arafura and Timor Seas. Support from the Indonesia Agency for Marine and Fisheries Research and Development as well as from Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) for this cruise, made it possible for the R.V.Baruna Jaya VIII to complete a 17-day voyage covering 23 sampling sites. This has been a tremendous achievement by the scientists involved in the cruise.

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Arafura, Aru and Timor Seas Snapper and Grouper Fishery Improvement Project Report

SFP started working with North Atlantic and their supplier (PT. Ilufa) to develop the FIP for bottom longline snapper and grouper fisheries in the Arafura, Aru, and Timor Seas in 2011.  SFP was involved during the initial scoping and initiation phases of the project.

ATSEA Inception Report

The Inception Workshop, involving the Project Team and all related stakeholders, was mandated by GEF to be conducted before it could be executed. The main objective of this Inception Workshop are to describe ATSEA Project goals, objectives, outcomes, and project implementation arrangement activities to the project stakeholders; and also to confirm the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting requirements according to UNDP-GEF standard procedures, to the project stakeholders. The ATSEA Inception Workshop was held from 13-14 July, 2010 in Dili, Timor-Leste.

Governance of the Arafura and Timor Seas

The following document is a technical document summarising a range of legislation that affects the marine environment of the Arafura and Timor Seas. It was produced as part of the Arafura and Timor Seas Ecosystem Action Program a forum funded by the United Nations Global Environment Facility (GEF) for bringing together the littoral nations of the Arafura and Timor Seas to work on transboundary marine issues.

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ATSEA-1 Terminal Evaluation Report

This terminal evaluation was conducted to provide conclusions and recommendations about the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability, and impact of ATSEA-1 Project.

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PROCEEDINGS OF THE RSC MEETING – 2020

Full proceedings of the second Regional Steering Committee (RSC) meeting of the GEF/UNDP/PEMSEA Project on the Arafura and Timor Seas Ecosystem Action Program Phase 2 (ATSEA-2) held on 25 November 2020.

PROCEEDINGS OF THE SPF CONSULTATIVE WEBINAR SERIES – BUILDING A BETTER ATS FOR TOMORROW

Full proceedings of the ATSEA-2 Stakeholder Partnership Forum (SPF) Consultative Webinar Series: Building a Better ATS for Tomorrow that was held virtually on 2-5 November 2020.

PROCEEDINGS OF THE TECHNICAL WORKSHOP ON REGIONAL AND NATIONAL THEMATIC ASSESSMENTS

Full proceedings of the Technical Workshop on Regional and National Thematic Assessments of the GEF/UNDP/PEMSEA Arafura and Timor Seas Ecosystem Action Program Phase 2 (ATSEA-2) Project.

ATSEA-2’s Contributions to International Agreements, Treaties and Initiatives

An infographic of ATSEA-2’s contributions to the UNCLOS, SDG’s and Aichi’s Biodiversity Targets.

PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERSESSIONAL RSC MEETING – 2020

Full proceedings of the Intersessional Regional Steering Committee meeting of the GEF/UNDP/PEMSEA on ATSEA-2 project.

PROCEEDINGS OF ATSEA-2 INCEPTION MEETING – 2019

The Inception Workshop of the GEF/UNDP Project on Implementation of Arafura and Timor Seas Regional and National Strategic Programs: Second Phase of the Arafura-Timor Seas Ecosystem Action Program (ATSEA 2) was held at the Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on 18 November 2019.

PROCEEDINGS OF THE RSC MEETING – 2019

The Regional Steering Committee Meeting of the GEF/UNDP Project on Implementation of Arafura and Timor Seas Regional and National Strategic Programs: Second Phase of the Arafura-Timor Seas Ecosystem Action Program (ATSEA-2) held at the Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on 19 November 2019.

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