ATSEA Regional Demonstration Project: Northern Australia Study Tour Report
This report provides a record of a study tour to Darwin and north east Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, Australia, by ten participants from the Republic of Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste to meet with Australian Indigenous groups, environmental managers and conservation professionals.
The Northern Australia Study Tour took place during 7-12 October, 2013. This exchange was intended to demonstrate the value of collaboration among the littoral nations of the Arafura and Timor Seas for the conservation and sustainable use of those seas.
The visit was conducted as a regional demonstration project within the Arafura and Timor Seas Ecosystem Action (ATSEA) Program. The theme of the visit was ‘Community-based management planning for marine and coastal related livelihoods and biodiversity conservation’.
The two key objectives of the visit were:
- to generate ideas, innovations and partnership which can build community capacity for sustainable livelihoods through improved marine management and aquaculture; and
- to improve shared understanding of community based marine and coastal management and livelihood issues between the three countries that border the Arafura-Timor Seas region.
Participants were selected for their leadership roles and active engagement in community-based marine conservation management activities, and their desire to improve local livelihood outcomes.
Five came from villages on Roti Island in the district of Rote Ndao in eastern Indonesia and five came from the districts of Bobonaro, Dili (Atauro Island) and Lautem, in Timor-Leste.