The Indonesian Archipelago consists of about 17,500 islands and has a coastline of 81,000 km. The region is a centre of biodiversity with highly productive ecosystems such as coral reefs, mangroves and sea grass meadows. These ecosystems stabilize the coastlines, are repositories of significant genetic and biological information, and play a vital role in the lives of coastal population as a source of food, energy and income. Today these coastal ecosystems are under enormous pressure from rapid social and economic changes.

The overarching goal of the SPICE Programme is to address the scientific, social and economic issues related to the management of the Indonesian coastal ecosystems and their resources. In addition to strengthening the existing scientific data base, the programme promotes capacity and infrastructure building in the marine sector in Indonesia and Germany and contributes to education and public awareness.

The first phase of the SPICE Programme (2003-2007) provided significant information on the structure and functioning of coastal ecosystems covering mangroves, coral reefs, coastal pelagic systems and peat swamps, and on their alterations due to human interventions. The focus on natural sciences was complemented by social science during the second phase (2007-2010). After the evaluation of both programme phases the Indonesian-German Steering Committee on Earth and Ocean Science recommended the continuation of the SPICE Programme. New research topics were jointly agreed as follows:

1. Marine Biodiversity, Food Security & Sustainability
2. Climate Change and the Oceans: Carbon Sequestration in the Indonesian Seas & their Global Significance
3. Understanding and Managing the Resilience of Coral Reefs and Associated Social Systems
4. Terrestrial Influences on Mangroves Ecology and Sustainability of their Resources
5. Marine Geology and Geochemistry
6. Ocean Renewable Energy
7. Capacity Building



Project Partners (Germany)

 

International Project Partners

Universities and Research Institutions

Bremen
University of Bremen
- Department of Marine Chemistry (UnivB-FB2)
- Center for Environmental Research and Sustainable Technology

Bremerhaven
Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research

Geesthacht
Research Centre Geesthacht

Hamburg
University of Hamburg
- Institute of Oceanography

Jena
Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology

Kiel
Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel
- Research and Technology Centre Westcoast

Oldenburg
Carl von Ossietzky University

Warnemünde
Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research

Private Sector

Alpha Biocare Company, Düsseldorf
4H Jena Engineering Ltd., Jena
Deutsche Umwelt AG Kiel
  Universities and Research Institutions

Bandung
Technology Institute Bandung

Bogor
Agricultural University

Gondol
Research Institute for Mariculture

Jakarta
Research Center for Marine and Fisheries Product Processing and Biotechnology

Makassar
Hasanuddin University
- Centre for Coral Reef Research

Palembang
Research Institute for Open Water Fisheries

Pekanbaru
University of Riau
- Department of Fisheries and Marine Sciences
- Department of Chemistry

Purwokerto
Jenderal Soedirman University

Semarang
University of Diponegoro

Surabaya
Institute for Technology

Private Sector

PT. Nuansa Ayu Karamba, Jakarta