The Jakarta Post
The commitment to developing the KKL is based on a response to specific maritime issues, such as ocean pollution caused by plastic waste and oil spills as the biggest threat to the marine ecosystem. (Shutterstock/-)
A new master’s program in marine conservation, was officially inaugurated in Padjadjaran University (Unpad) in Bandung, West Java, by Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti on Tuesday.
The study program, which is part of the Fisheries and Marine Science Faculty Program (FPIK), aims to nurture competent human resources in the marine conservation sector.
As reported by tempo.co Unpad FPIK dean Yudi Nurul Ihsan said that Indonesia desperately needed competent human resources in marine conservation, especially as the government has set a target of developing 20 million hectares of a marine conservation area (KKL).
"Of course we will need reliable human resources to realize and manage this conservation area," he said.
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The commitment to developing the KKL is based on a response to specific maritime issues, such as ocean pollution caused by plastic waste and oil spills as the biggest threat to the marine ecosystem. Climate change also plays a role in the damage to the ecosystem.
Globally, Yudi said there had been a decrease in fish populations in the sea as a result of increased exploitation and illegal fishing, which us why conservation areas are needed to preserve the marine ecosystem.
The study program, set to welcome students starting later this year, is also part of the university's response to the pledges made at the Our Ocean Conference (OCC) in Bali in October 2018, which include a commitment by world leaders to marine conservation. (kes)
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