Blue Economy Has Positive Impact for Papua – Participants of the regular education program batch 64 of 2022 Lemhanas RI conduct field studies on national strategic issues in the Papua region. Participants of the Regular Education Program Force (PPRA) 64 Lemhanas RI began with a panel discussion held at a hotel in Jayapura, Tuesday (23/8).

The Panel discussion issued the topic of Optimizing the Implementation of the Blue Economy Concept for the Welfare of the Papuan People. The Deputy for National Level Leadership Education of the Indonesian National Defense Institute, Sugeng Santoso, said that the panel discussion was to get various inputs related to the blue economy concept in Papua so that it could be further improved in the future.

            “This panel discussion activity was joined by various sources ranging from academics, practitioners, government and elements of the TNI/Polri,” said Sugeng to reporters.

  He continued, the participants will study, analyze and process the various inputs obtained in the activity. Furthermore, the participants will make a study and the results will be reported to the leadership of Lemhanas.

            “Because one of the functions of Lemhanas is to make studies submitted to the government in order to take policies to improve national resilience,” he said.

            Meanwhile, a Head of the Papua Province Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Service, Iman Djuniawal, assessed that if the blue economy concept was implemented, Papua would receive many positive impacts, especially in the sustainable use of aquatic ecosystems.

  “In addition, the use of existing resources can ensure the welfare of the people around them,” said Iman.

            According to faith, the implementation of the blue economy concept in Papua requires a large budget support, especially since the territorial waters of Papua are very wide, plus the geographical and topographical conditions are diverse.

            “The most dominant is budget support, but coaching and socialization to the community are absolutely necessary so that they can understand the importance of the sea for life, because the sea is not a trash can but a source of life for us,” he concluded.

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