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Meridian Institute

Transitioning to Sustainable Fisheries in Indonesia

Related: Climate Change, Environment and Natural Resources, Oceans and Coasts

Meridian is supporting improved communication, coordination, and shared strategy development among in‐country government and civil society partners and philanthropic funders. Our work is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation. In addition, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies provides financial support for the Indonesia Marine Funders Collaboration.

  • Indonesia Marine Funders Collaboration (IMFC). Meridian serves as the secretariat for this group of U.S.‐based funders whose goal is to help Indonesian partners sustainably manage their coastal and marine resources. A core group comprised of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, and USAID-Indonesia is leading the effort which includes nine additional foundations.  Meridian provides administrative and strategic support, facilitates communication and collaboration among the funders and their common grantees on substantive issues such as aquaculture, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, climate’s impact on fisheries, etc. We support the IMFC on strategy development and serve as an information hub to collect best practices and promote shared learning. Meridian is helping the IMFC prepare for side events associated with the October 2018 Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia.
  • Marine conservation and sustainable fisheries management support. Meridian supports partners who are developing an Indonesian‐led coalition of diverse groups to advocate for sustainable fisheries management and associated policy reforms. Our work involves facilitation, coaching, and project management support to the core partners leading this effort.
  • Policy and legal landscape assessment. In 2018, Meridian received a grant from the Packard Foundation to coordinate and manage a team of experts who are developing an assessment of the fisheries policy and legal landscape in Indonesia. The goal of the project is to increase the knowledge base for civil society organizations and others of the full suite of laws, policies, and government institutions that govern marine conservation and fisheries management in Indonesia. Although a first of its kind assessment, the project builds upon the work of others through desk research and a series of expert interviews. The findings will be shared in a report and through accessible infographics, timelines, and tables. Meridian is also working to identify an organizational home for the analysis, to ensure it is maintained going forward. Meridian and the consultant team will support the Packard Foundation in socializing the outputs as part of a side event during the 2018 Our Ocean Conference.