Arafura and Timor Seas Ecosystem Action Programme (ATSEA)


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Arafura and Timor Seas Ecosystem Action Programme (ATSEA)


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Total: $2,700,000;

Sources of Financing: Global Environmental Facility (GEF)


2009 - 2013


Preparatory phase

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The aim of the project is to ensure the integrated, cooperative, sustainable, ecosystem-based management and use of the living coastal and marine resources, including fisheries and biodiversity, of the Arafura and Timor Seas, through the formulation, adoption (at inter-governmental level) and initial implementation of a Regional Strategic Action Programme (SAP).

The Five specific focus areas of the programme include:

  1. To prevent, deter & eliminate IUU fishing in Arafura & Timor (AT) Seas.
  2. To sustain & preserve fish stocks, sea habitat & biodiversity, & coast of AT Seas.
  3. To provide alternative livelihoods using aquaculture and/or mariculture.
  4. To promote understanding on the systems of dynamic ocean, coastal and fishing areas.
  5. To improve information capacity on ocean data, management & exchange.

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