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COASTAL CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS THROUGH SEAWEED AQUACULTURE IN INDONESIA: A Guide for Buyers, Conservation Practitioners, and Farmers

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  • Policy and Regulations
  • Aquaculture
  • Seaweed farming
  • Agriculture
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  • Seaweed
  • Indonesia

Over one million coastal Indonesians engage in seaweed aquaculture, a unique and growing global industry for production of carrageenan and agar, direct consumption, and animal feeds, among other uses. Carrageenan and agar, refined from red seaweeds, are used as ‘texturizers’ or thickeners primarily within foods and cosmetics, but have growing utility within areas such as animal feeds and pharmaceuticals. Indonesian seaweed farming presents a significant economic opportunity with the potential to be managed in a more sustainable manner. The Nature Conservancy’s (The Conservancy’s) vision is for seaweed aquaculture to grow in harmony with marine conservation objectives, support livelihoods in coastal communities throughout Indonesia, and provide ecosystem services for habitat and nutrient bioremediation – to encourage increased sustainability through the three dimensions of economic, social, and environmental. In response to the rapidly growing global market for carrageenan seaweeds, the environmental challenges and opportunities of seaweed farming, and the essential livelihoods that seaweed farming currently provides in Indonesia, The Conservancy presents this seaweed aquaculture guide for seaweed purchasers, conservation organizations working in seaweed, and seaweed farmers in Indonesia that are seeking to reduce environmental impacts, and to encourage sustainable livelihoods1 by improving the value of farmed seaweed through better farming and post-harvesting practices. This guide is divided into four main parts: (1) an introduction providing pertinent background regarding Indonesia in the context of carrageenan seaweeds; (2) a guide for seaweed buyers seeking to increase the sustainability of their supply chains; (3) a guide for conservation practitioners working in seaweed aquaculture for environmental, economic, and social gain; and (4) an illustrated guide for farmers to improve seaweed farming practices.

 

 

 

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The Nature Conservanc, et al., 2019, COASTAL CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE  LIVELIHOODS THROUGH SEAWEED  AQUACULTURE IN INDONESIA: A Guide for Buyers, Conservation Practitioners, and Farmer, available at: Indonesia Seaweed Guide (ykan.or.id)