Indonesia’s Sustainable Oceans Program (ISOP) is a collection of interrelated World Bank supported projects. Together, these projects promote the sustainable and equitable management of coastal and marine areas for economic development, coastal livelihoods, and ecosystem health.
ISOP projects take an integrated approach, sharing information and resources and helping coordinate efforts across projects and partners. This increases the impact and reach of each project and provides results that last beyond the cycle of each specific project.
Working with the Indonesian government, as well as local communities, academia, NGOs and donors, ISOP develops knowledge, builds capacity and finances on–ground investments through four key funding projects:
Indonesia Oceans Multi Donor Trust Fund (IOMC-MDTF)
Established in 2017 at the request of the Government of Indonesia, the Indonesia Oceans Multi-Donor Trust Fund supports the country’s National Oceans Agenda by providing technical assistance to implement policy, reduce marine debris and strengthen coastal resilience. Through increasing scientific knowledge, broadening general awareness, and improving coordination the MDTF—supported by Norway and Denmark through initial contributions of US$2.26 million in 2017 and an additional contribution of US$2.23 million in 2018—is assisting Indonesia in sustainably managing its valuable ocean resources.
For over two decades, the Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Project (COREMAP) has been supporting the Government of Indonesia protect its ecologically and economically valuable coral reefs through investment in coral research, reef monitoring, and marine conservation. While COREMAP’s initial stages focused on increasing community management of coastal resources, the third phase is now working to strengthen research capacity by upgrading laboratories, training scientists and undertaking nationwide ecosystem monitoring. COREMAP is also improving Marine Protected Area management effectiveness in in Raja Ampat, West Papua, Sawu Sea, and East Nusa Tenggara, through ecotourism initiatives, community-based illegal fishing surveillance and threatened species conservation.
Indonesia Challenge Fund: Coastal Fisheries Initiative (CFI)
The World Bank’s Indonesia Challenge Fund provides technical assistance to the private sector to reduce overfishing and coastal ecosystem degradation through four interrelated activities: supporting relationships between fishing communities and sustainability-minded businesses, promoting lessons learnt from existing sustainability successes, assisting in the development of sustainable fisheries business plans, and promoting sustainable investment opportunities. The Indonesia Challenge Fund is one part of the broader Coastal Fisheries Initiative (CFI), a collaborative, global effort funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). This initiative brings together UN agencies, the World Bank, and international conservation organizations to improve fisheries management and conserve marine biodiversity through stronger governance and management of seafood value chains.
The PROBLUE Multi-Donor Trust Fund is a global initiative supporting the sustainable and integrated development of marine and coastal resources in healthy oceans. In Indonesia, PROBLUE is providing the government with the technical assistance needed to transition towards a blue economy (the sustainable and integrated development of economic sectors with healthy oceans) and support the proposed Oceans for Prosperity Program. Specifically, PROBLUE’s support is delivering analytical and advisory work on sustainable fisheries management, designing programs for improved coastal livelihoods, and bringing together potential donors and partners in support of financing for the blue economy.
To learn more about ISOP’s priorities, visit the Focus Areas tab or download the ISOP factsheet and Presentation. To read further about sustainable coastal and oceans management in Indonesia, please visit the Resources tab to read recent blogs, watch videos, and download reports.