ATSEA Regional Demonstration Project: Northern Australia Study Tour Story Report (2013)
This story report provides a visual record of a visit to Darwin and north east Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, Australia, by 10 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 parnerships that can build community capacity for sustainable livelihoods through improved marine management and aquaculture; and
- to improve shared understand of community-based marine and coastal management and livelihood issues between the three countries that border the Arafura-Timor Seas region.
Participants were selected due to their leadership roles and active engagement in community-based marine conservation and management activities, and desires to improve local livelihood outcomes. Five participants came from Rote Island, in eastern Indonesia, and five came from three coastal districts of Bobonaro, Dili (Atauro Island) and Los Palos, in Timor-Leste.