The European Green Deal was first presented in December 2019 as the EU’s pledge to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050. It comes with an action plan to promote a cleaner environment, more affordable clean energy, smarter transport, circular economy, and new jobs in greener industries.
One of the key components of the European Green Deal is ensuring a just transition for all. For over a decade, EU-Indonesia cooperation programmes have focused on finding sustainable solutions, advancing technological innovation and supporting capacity building and investment in green technology.
During his visit to Jakarta in October 2021, the European Commission’s Executive Vice-President of the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, lauded Indonesia’s ambition to become one of the climate leaders in ASEAN.
The EU-Indonesia cooperation on the green transition covers several joint priorities including marine ecosystems, forests and land use, sustainable agriculture, sustainable cities, clean energy and circular economy.
The Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape, which is located in the Coral Triangle across 900 000 square kilometres of water between the land masses of Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, is home to one of the world’s most diverse marine environments.
Yet the future of what’s often considered as the heart of the world’s marine biodiversity is threatened by overfishing, destructive fishing practices, rapid population growth, unsustainable coastal development and pollution.
To conserve this unique marine ecosystem, the Marine
Biodiversity and Support of Coastal Fisheries in the Coral Triangle project aims to improve the management of commercially and ecologically important fisheries, especially small-scale operations, and create marine protected areas (MPAs) with long-term financial arrangements.
The project will also focus on supporting local communities who rely on marine resources for their livelihoods through enhanced fisheries management and the provision of alternative livelihoods. In Indonesia, the project will provide assistance to communities in North Maluku and North Sulawesi.