Fishing for Climate Resilience, Southeast Sulawesi

Small-scale fishing communities in Indonesia are highly vulnerable to climate change. With support from the German government, the Rare initiative is working with partners in five countries, including Indonesia, to increase the capacities of vulnerable fishermen and women to adapt to climate change using ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) measures. By targeting behaviour change and improving community-based sustainable fisheries management, fishermen and women can become responsible marine resource managers. By strengthening human, technical and institutional capacity, the project reduces risks to the small-scale fisheries sector, builds resilience and secures livelihoods.

In October 2019, the Southeast Sulawesi provincial government supported the initiative by issuing a decree that provides fishermen and women with legal opportunities to access and manage their marine waters exclusively. Following this decree, the Muna district government provided boats and sustainable fishing equipment to communities that committed to adopt EbA measures, restore and sustain small-scale fisheries, conserve critical ecosystems and sustain the ecosystem services needed to enhance adaptive capacity, coastal protection, food security and livelihoods.

Provincial government staff discussed the link between the marine ecosystem and our livelihoods as coastal communities, issues around sustainable fisheries, and climate change. After hearing an explanation from the Head of District Office for Fisheries, I became convinced that we need to improve our interaction with nature.

La Ode Ngkalino
A fisher representative from Pasikolaga, Muna District