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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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