With the SPICE Programme, which will expire in 2015, the ZMT initiated a very successful cooperation in marine research with Indonesia ten years ago. SPICE has addressed pressing issues concerning the impact of humans and climate on the coastal ecosystems of Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi and other islands of the archipelago in a variety of projects. The close cooperation with local partners has allowed the development of an extensive network of stable contacts to leading scientific and administrative institutions. The ZMT has played a central role as coordinator in this German-Indonesian cooperation in marine research.
On 29 April 2014, representatives of the Indonesian Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, the University in Jakarta, the FAO (Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations) and the GIZ (German Society for International Cooperation) met with ZMT scientists to discuss new cooperative approaches and to explore possibilities for funding.
Together with the FAO, Indonesia has recently initiated the Indonesian Sea Large Marine Ecosystem Project (ISLME). It shall regulate sustainable fisheries as well as promote alternative income sources for the coastal population and the initiatives of the “blue economy” such as sustainable aquaculture. In addition, the need is seen in Indonesia for a better understanding of oceanographic and climatic processes that influence the functioning of the marine and coastal ecosystems. Also, despite Indonesia’s well-developed research infrastructure, there is still a great need for expertise in fisheries and coastal zone management.
With the ZMT as partner in research and training, the programme shall now take on form and content.