[Blog] 8 facts about Indonesia’s ocean

2016 Jun 8

Today is World Ocean Day.

At UNDP Indonesia, we care about the ocean. With millions of Indonesian’s relying on the ocean for food, livelihood and pleasure, we want to celebrate one of Indonesia’s most important resource. Here are eight facts about Indonesia’s oceans this World Ocean Day. Do you love Indonesia’s oceans as much as we do? Share these facts to spread the word.

  • Indonesia comprises a large part of the ‘Coral Triangle’, an area which contains approximately 76% of the world´s coral species and 37% of the world´s coral reef fish species.
  • Indonesia has the highest coral reef fish diversity of the world.
  • About 54% of Indonesia's animal protein supply comes from fish and seafood. And Indonesia supplies about 10% of global marine commodities.
  • Indonesia’s marine life is under the threat of overfishing and depleting stocks.
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  • 2.8 million households in Indonesia are directly involved in the marine commodity industry, therefore if fish stocks are depleted, the livelihood of these households could be lost.
  • UNDP Indonesia is a part of a global project called Global Sustainable Supply Chains for Marine Commodities where we promote sustainable fishing practices to suppliers and retailers. This aims to increase both supply and demand for sustainably sourced seafood.
  • We are also involved in a project with the Indonesian, PNG, Timor-Leste, and Australian governments on a project called Implementation of the Arafura and Timor Seas Regional and National Strategic Action Programs (ATSEA-2); with the long term goal of promoting sustainable development of the Arafura-Timor Seas region, to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants through restoration, conservation and sustainable management of marine-coastal ecosystems.
  • Global leaders have signed onto the SDGs (Global Goals) to eradicate poverty. This includes goal 14 to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development by 2020.

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