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The tropical and semi-enclosed Arafura and Timor Seas (ATS) are shared by Australia, Indonesia, Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea (PNG). The ATS region is extremely rich in living and non-living marine resources, including major fisheries and oil and gas reserves. The ATS region is located at the intersection of the two major Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs), the Indonesian Seas to the North and Northern Australian waters to the South, and is also an integral part of the Coral Triangle zone considered to have the highest marine biodiversity in the world. The ATS region exhibits high productivity that sustains both small- and large-scales fisheries that provide livelihoods for millions of people in the region. The threats facing the ATS region are transboundary in nature and can only be effectively addressed through multi-lateral cooperation between all four littoral nations.
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Strategic Action Programme (SAP) for Arafura and Timor SeasStrategic Action Programme for the Arafura and Timor Seas describes policy and institutional initiatives, capacity development and investments needed to address the priority problems identified in the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) for this region. ATSEA - SAP has been approved by the Project Board on 21 February 2013, during the 3rd Project Board Meeting in Bali, Indonesia. To ensure its implementations, the endorsement from the goverment of members countries is now still in progress.Mission to Rote NdaoGroup photo with Bupati of Kabupaten Rote Ndao (Drs. Leonard Haning, MM, 4th from left) in his office in Ba’a. The picture was taken on March 20th, 2013 during the ATSEA mission to Rote Ndao in East Nusa Tenggara Province. ATSEA Project Manager (Dr. Tonny Wagey, 5th from left) and his team were received by Mr. Haning, together with his deputies including the Head of Marine and Fisheries office in Rote Ndao, Mr. Jacob Doe (1st from left). ATSEA is currently conducting a Regional Demo Project in Rote involving local community leaders to become part of an Exchange program on marine planning related to livelihood and marine biodiversity conservation. This activity will be involving support from the Government of Australia and a partnership with The National Conservancy (TNC). Photo by: James RiwuInception Meeting for Regional Demo ProjectThe Inception Meeting for Regional Demo Project was conducted in Bali on 14 - 15 January 2013. This meeting was attended by representatives of Government of Australia, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, UNDP Indonesia, Resource persons, NGOs and project staffs.Field trip to Sea Cucumber HatcheryATSEA Team had the opportunity to visit Technical Unit under the Research Centre for Oceanography, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (P2O-LIPI) in Lombok on October 2012.Workshop on Management Response to MTE RecommendationAt the end of the second year of implementation of the Project, an evaluation called “Mid-Term Evaluation (MTE)” has been undertaken. The purpose of the MTE is to examine the progress and performance of the project since the start of its implementation.