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US supports RI research on oceans

  • Abdul Khalik

    The Jakarta Post

Manado   /   Thu, May 14 2009   /  09:22 am

In a key move to show its commitment to ocean protection, the United States has signed an agreement with Indonesia to provide a US$750,000 grant for ocean exploration and climate observation. The grant is not part of the $40 billion already pledged for capacity building related to Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) projects. In a signing ceremony on the sidelines of the World Ocean Conference (WOC) and CTI summit here Tuesday, the US also announced it would provide three postgraduate scholarships for senior Indonesian scientists to study in the US. The grant, which is part of a $1.6 million aid package for the region, will be disbursed over five years for Indonesian ocean research activities and to improve the management of marine and coastal resources in the region. "This package further solidifies the US commitment to help Indonesia and the region addres...