Jakarta, 6 November – CMS, UNEP Regional Seas and
the UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok
have announced their contribution of half of the total
amount of USD 34,000 to support a dugong project in Indonesia.
CMS Senior Advisor Douglas Hykle announced this support
in the margins of the launch of the East Asian-Australasian
Flyway partnership. The CMS Standing Committee fully endorsed
this partnership in September. CMS itself has increased
its support to USD 6,000 to make this new conservation
This support is in addition to costs that are being borne
by the main project institutions: Leiden University in
The Netherlands, the Mulawarman University in Samarinda,
Indonesia, and the Research Centre for Oceanography in
Jakarta. In the light of more funds that need to be raised
Mr. Hykle said: “I call for more donors to fill
the financial gap to implement this crucial project for
A scientific proposal on a joint collaborative programme
between the Research Centre for Oceanography in Jakarta
and Leiden University to research the status of the dugong
in Indonesia was submitted earlier to the CMS Secretariat.
The integration of the national strategy for Indonesia
into the comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan
for dugongs would support the future implementation of
a dugong MoU. This would give Indonesia the possibility
to play a major role as a key country to regional cooperation
on migratory species.
Australia took the lead in developing a MoU on the Conservation
and Management of Dugongs and their habitats throughout
their range under the auspices of CMS. The MoU is designed
to facilitate national level and transboundary actions
to conserve dugong populations and their habitats. The
MoU and its associated Conservation Management Plan is
the basis for the implementation of conservation actions
on behalf of the species in all of the waters of coastal
and archipelagic states of the Indian Ocean, East Asia,
and western Pacific Ocean, as well as their adjacent seas.
More information on Dugongs can be found
- here -.