An international sailing event, Sail Banda 2010, has yielded to an agreement, called the Ambon Statement, among world countries in managing and maintaining small islands and coral reefs, an official says in a statement.
The Ambon statement, declared by Maluku deputy governor S. Assegaf on Thursday in a symposium, comprises of seven points of agreement.
First, an island territory, which consists of small islands and sea areas including coral reefs, must have a specific policy, planning and requirements, for development. Small islands and coral reef areas, which have a unique ecosystem, are considered cultural heritage. Small islands and coral reefs are prone to global weather changing and discontinuity of their usage by humans.
Local governments must acknowledge and take involvement of local people to contribute in the management of shorelines. Partnership with all stakeholders is needed to rehabilitate, recover and preserve ecosystems of coastal areas and small islands.
International dialogue is needed to identify development of global strategy to counter
challenges. Lastly, the statement recommends solid efforts to face climate change by, for example, decreasing carbon emissions.
The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry secretary-general Syamsul Maarif said climate change could harm biodiversity in the country.
Representatives from the US, Australia, the Netherlands and the Philippines attended the meeting.