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REECS supports the ATSEA-2 to combat environmental threats to the Arafura and Timor Seas Region
Danniel A. Figueroa and Maria Corazon M. Ebarvia
December 05, 2023

The Arafura and Timor Seas Ecosystem Action – Phase 2 (ATSEA-2) is a GEF-financed and UNDP-supported project designed to enhance regional collaboration in the Arafura and Timor Seas (ATS) region, including the integration of Papua New Guinea. ATSEA-2 aims to reverse the detrimental effects of transboundary environmental threats through regional coordination and the implementation of the 10-year Strategic Action Program (SAP), which was adopted in 2014. The ATSEA-2 project is geared towards the conservation of the coastal and marine ecosystems and the integration of sustainable practices in managing resources. REECS was engaged by the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA)—the implementing agency—to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the proposed models for the regional governance mechanism (RGM), develop the financing strategy for the selected RGM model and 5-year financial plan for the updated SAP, and provide recommendations for the mainstreaming of funding allocations. To learn more about the ATSEA-2 and REECS engagement,..

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