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Facilitating community-led fisheries in Raja Ampat for implementation of SDG 14
by Maya Clan Customary Law-based Community Organization of Raja Ampat (Civil society organization)
Raja Ampat is known for its rich marine biodiversity amongst other places in the world. For decades, the local knowledges of the indigenous community have been preserving the resources to sufficiently feed the community. With increasing number of people living in the area, city development and modern fishing gears, the fisheries resources are being threatened by over harvesting. The partnership between the Maya Clan Customary law-based community organization, Rare and other NGOs aim to empower the local community to revive the local knowledge as the approach to manage their fisheries sustainably by establishing Territorial Use Right for Fisheries (TURF).

To promote Sustainable, small-scale, and community-led fisheries for implementation of SDG 14 (14.4, 14.7, 14.b), the Maya Clan Customary law-based community organization commits to the following actions/initiatives by 2019

1. Understanding the indigenous communities fisheries practice and historical utilization
2. Defining the fishing area boundary and its management approach
3. Enhancing legal framework for small-scale fishers access to the fisheries resources
4. Facilitating local community fisheries monitoring and enforcement

The activities will involve participatory process to design the TURF area, facilitating workshops and capacity building for local leaders and broader community, bringing in science as an input to area design, cross learning from other sites and social marketing approach for communities behaviour change. The bright spots of the processes will be replicated in other sites in the district.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Marine Spatial Planning
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Legal/policy/institutional measures
  • Access to coastal fishing grounds
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
December 2018
Regulatory pathways are defined and draft for legal document are available to support the TURF implementation
December 2019
Implementation of community-based data recording
March 2018
Design for TURF location and its fisheries management options are available through series of participatory workshops with the local communities
Financing (in USD)
150,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Fisheries expertise from relevant NGO partners (Rare and CI) to accomplish the commitment
In-kind contribution
Support to work through the network of local clan leaders and indigenous communities in the area
Basic information
Time-frame: July/2017 - December/2019
Maya Clan Customary Law based Community Organization (CSO) Rare (Non-Governmental Organization) Conservation International Indonesia (Non-Governmental Organization)
Ocean Basins
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Small-Scale Fishers, Indigenous Communities, Local Goverment
Contact information
Raymond Jakub, Program Manager, Rare (Partner), rjakub@rare.org,
Other SDGs
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