International academics discuss fishery development at UNAIR

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UNIVERSITAS AIRLANGGA NEWS – Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) has hosted ASEA-UNINET Joint Program for Inbound Staff Mobility 2019. In this activity, various universities in ASEA-UNINET consortium took part. One of ASEA-UNINET consortium program is the International Community Outreach Program (COP): Life Below Water.

The program is held for one week, from on Monday, December 16 to Saturday, December 21.

Dean of Faculty of Fisheries and Marine UNAIR, Prof. Dr. Mirni Lamid MP., drh welcomed participants from various countries. Prof. Ni Nyoman Tri Puspaningsih as Executive Director of Airlangga Global Engagement (AGE), Irfan Wahyudi, Ph.D Head of International Program Division of AGE officially opened the program at Faculty of Fisheries and Marine UNAIR Building C lt.401, Monday, December 16.

The COP: Life Below Water is an international community-based program for coastal communities adapted from Sustainable Development Goal 14.7. The purpose of this program is to provide insights related to the management of marine products and the condition in Indonesian society.

The program was attended by at least 23 people consisting of 15 students and 8 academic staff and lecturers. They are from Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, Tanzania, Japan, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan.

For one week, participants will visit three cities: Surabaya, Sidoarjo, and Pasuruan. They will also visit Wonorejo Mangrove and learned from one of student activity unit in processing mangrove fruit into processed drinks.

Besides, in Sedati Sidoarjo, participants will learn about how the community manage shells into valuable products and in Pasuruan to learn about seaweed commodities.

The coordinator of COP: Life Below Water 2019 , Nadia Dewi Hartono said the participants would be formed into four groups leading by lecturers.

“There were 15 student, 8 academic staff and lecturers formed in 4 groups and they will do a presentation at the end of the activity, “said Nadia.

By visiting several places in East Java, the participants can find the problems faced by the community. They can also provide recommendations to local community regarding what policies to be applied for fisheries and marine issues.

“It is related to the problem faced by the community (from the event, ed), what policies should be applied by the local community. “added Nadia. (*)