Indonesia organizes national symposium on dugong and seagrass habitat

April 21, 2016

A two-day symposium for coordinating mutual initiatives for the preservation of dugong populations and seagrass habitat in Indonesia was held from 20 to 21 April 2016 in Bogor. The symposium was organised by the Department of Marine and Fisheries together with Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia (Indonesian Institution of Science), Institut Pertanian Bogor and WWF-Indonesia. It reportedly went very well and managed to bring together representatives of local agencies, local government, NGOs, universities and communities.

The large group delivered an action plan to address conservation issues related to dugong and seagrass in Indonesia. The group compared notes and collaborated to establish baseline data which will help launch policy steps of dugong and seagrass conservation in Indonesia.

A press conference was held by Wawan Ridwan (Director of Coral Triangle WWF-Indonesia), Agus Dermawan (Secretary Directorate General of Marine Spatial Management-Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries), Luky Adrianto (Dean of Fisheries and Marine Science Faculty-Bogor Agriculture University, Mukhlis Kamal (Chief of committee of Dugong and Seagrass National Symposium 2016).

See below for a slideshow of photographs taken during the event.