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Developing a Community Action Plan for tackling climate change in Oeseli Village, Rote Ndao

Located at the southernmost tip of Indonesia, Rote Ndao district is home to a wide range of marine and fishery resources. However, as demonstrated by recent impacts, this area is also especially vulnerable to climate change. To address these issues, the ATSEA-2 Programme is working to develop a clearer understanding of vulnerabilities and formulate an effective response to climate change at the local level.The district of Rote Ndao has a sea area of 2,376 km2, with 330 km of coastline and 107 islands, of which eight are inhabited. Coastal communities in Rote Ndao depend on fisheries and the marine sector for their livelihoods and food. Resources range from capture fisheries (pelagic and demersal fish) and aquaculture (seaweed farming and shellfish culture). In 2019, the total productivity of the marine sector was equal to 3,529 tonnes, with a further 15,746 tonnes of seaweed produced (Indonesia Central Statistics Agency, 2020). Unfortunately, seaweed production has decreased over the last 10 years, due to changes in the climate and marine environment.

6920: Implementation of the Arafura and Timor Seas Regional and National Strategic Action Programs

25 Mar 2022