Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Marine and Fisheries Ministry is to open a School for Marine Protected Area Management (SMPAM) in Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi, an official said here Saturday.

The ministry`s secretary general, Gellwynn Jusuf, said Japan had committed to provide some Rp70 billion in funds to help finance the project.

The School for Marine Protected Area Management would emphasize the marine sector subjects such as the marine biota diversity, marine conservation, marine energy technology and climate change impact.

In its effort to create professional human resources on marine resources and fisheries, the school`s curriculum would be based on a vocational system and apply factory-teaching field methods, Gellwyn said.

Wakatobi`s SMPAM building was going inline with the local government grand strategy to create Wakatobi as marine Center of Excellence for the marine and tourism sector inside the world`s coral triangle center.

Wakatobi`s existence was known world wide as around a thousand scientists had done research in the area.

As planned earlier, SMPAM will be managed by Jakarta`s marine academy which further planned to upgrade itself as the National Maritime and Fisheries Institute, he said.

The plan for the Jakarta Marine Academy upgrade was aimed to obtain more foreign instructors and lecturers for the school.(*)


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