Co-founder of IOJI, Stephanie Juwana, participated as a speaker in a discussion about a fair and transparent blue economy in Indonesia on March 21, 2023.
Co-founder of IOJI, Stephanie Juwana, summarized four aspects that should be considered in the development of a blue economy, ranging from justice to transparency.
Transparency International (TI) Indonesia, Destructive Fishing Watch (DFW) Indonesia, and the Pusat Studi Agraria (PSA) of Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) organized a dialogue on a fair and transparent blue economy in Indonesia.
Held on March 20-21, 2023, this dialogue facilitated government officials, civil society, professional associations, fishing groups, and academics to map out challenges in implementing blue economy programs.
IOJI co-founder, Stephanie Juwana, was also a speaker in this discussion. She began her presentation titled “Governance to Realize a Just Blue Economy.”
Stephanie emphasized that the blue economy agenda should not solely focus on increasing monetary contributions from marine resources. The aspects of sustainability of marine resources and justice must not be sacrificed. In the working paper “Blue Growth and Blue Justice” in 2020, Bennett et al. presented 10 injustices in the sea that could occur if justice aspects are not considered in the blue economy agenda. These include:
In her conclusion, Stephanie noted several aspects to consider in blue economy development, including:
Advocating for the Community
On the same occasion, TI Indonesia, DFW Indonesia, and PSA IPB launched a policy paper titled “Guidelines for Blue Economy Policy in Indonesia.” This policy paper broadly highlights that Indonesia’s blue economy appears to be still not favoring its main subjects, namely local coastal communities and traditional small-scale fishermen.
Some of the policy paper recommendations submitted to the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) include: