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The 7th Regional Scientific and Technical Committee Meeting

DATE: 8-10 NOVEMBER 2022 

LOCATION: Jakarta,Indonesia

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The 6th Regional Scientific and Technical Committee Meeting

DATE: 4-6 JULY 2022 

LOCATION: SEAFDEC/TD, Samut Prakan, Thailand

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The 7th Ad-hoc Meeting of the Project Steering Committee

DATE: 27 May 2022

TIME: 08:00 – 11:30AM, UTC+7

LOCATION: Virtual Meeting

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RIFE organized the NFRC3 in Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia 


Research Institute of Fish Resources Enhancement (RIFE) organized the Third Meeting of the National Fisheries Refugia Committee (NFRC3) in Bekasi, West Java, on 21 June 2022. The meeting was held attended by its members from RIFE, Center for Fisheries Research (CRF), Agency of Marine and Fisheries Research and Human Resources (AMFRHR), and Directorate General of Marine Spatial Management (DGMSM). Establish fisheries refugia in Indonesia following steps: identification of spawning habitats, ecological studies of target species, agreement with stakeholders, preparation of management plans, implementation of management, and evaluation. Identifying fisheries refugia areas considers ecological factors, fisheries resources, mangrove conditions, suitability and delineation of refuge zones, community socio-economics, stakeholders, and refugia management plans. Figure 1 shows the national log frame for the establishment and operation of the fisheries refugia system in Indonesia.


Project Coordination Unit of the SEAFDEC/UNEP/GEF Project on Establishing and Operation of a Regional System of Fisheries Refugia in the South China Sea and the Gulf of Thailand organized the Sixth Meeting of the Regional Scientific and Technical Committee (RSTC6) at SEAFDEC/Training Department (TD), Samutprakarn Thailand on 4-6 July 2022. The National Scientific and Technical Focal Point attended the meeting from six partner countries. The project's national focal points and the SEAFDEC/TD scientists also participated in the discussions. The RSTC6 finalized the progress works from six countries that align with the Results Framework objectives adopted by GEF/CEO. The main achievement of establishing 15 prioritized Fisheries Refugia Sites in six countries, in addition, to the effective management of critical threats to 15 fisheries refugia sites of about 1.36 million hectares (ha), is expected to be adopted. It is about five folds higher than the proposed refugia areas (269,500 ha) adopted by the GEF/CEO. The details of 15 fisheries refugia are in Table 1. 

SEAFDEC-PCU organized the PSC7 Ad-hoc Meeting

The SEAFDEC/Project Coordination Unit (PCU) organized the 7th Ad-hoc Meeting of the Project Steering Committee (PSC7 Ad-hoc) on 27 May 2022. The meeting is one of the regional programs under the SEAFDEC/UNEP/GEF Project on Establishment and Operation of a Regional System of Fisheries Refugia in the South China Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. As project steering committee members, all national focal points and the national scientific and technical committee attended the meeting. Ms. Isabelle Vanderbeck: the project task manager from UNEP, Mr. Isara Chanrachkij, Head of Project Planning and Management Division from SEAFDEC Training Department, and Mr. Worawit Wanchanna, Policy and Program Coordinator from SEAFDEC Secretariat, also attended the meeting. The meeting updated the progress of national and regional activities, especially on the establishments of the fisheries refugia, legislation/fishery law reform in supporting the management of established fisheries refugia, the adoption of the regional guidelines on indicators for sustainable management of fisheries refugia, and financial and co-financing from partners. The meeting acknowledges the progress report, even though the COVID-19 pandemic impact for more than two years, from 2020 to early 2022, caused the project activities had been delayed in some countries. 













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