In January 2014, Anova/Fishing & Living partnered with MDPI, an independent foundation focused on improving small-scale fisheries in Indonesia.
The MDPI Foundation was founded in July 2013 as an independent foundation focused on achieving responsible and sustainable fisheries activities and attempting to provide ongoing care for the conservation of fisheries resources and ecosystems of Indonesia and the region. These attempts towards sustainability are specifically focused on small scale, artisan fisheries.
MDPI additionally focuses on supporting the development of the fishing communities and supply chains which are related to these fisheries, through programs which aim to support economic improvements and social stability for the people. An important aspect of MDPI’s work is building networks and partnerships with various organizations such as national and international universities, district, central and provincial governments, development agencies, NGOs, nationally and internationally based industry and others. We feel that together we are stronger and the wider the spectrum of work towards sustainability the quicker and more successful the path towards it will be.
Together with their partners and collaborators, MDPI focuses on many and varied objectives with te aimed activities and improvements generally falling below one or more of the following broad topics:
- Fishing Practices
- Fishery Management
- Fisherman Welfare
- Community Development
- Value Chain and Food Safety
Currently MDPI core activities include:
1. An extensive data collection program implemented in sites in Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB), Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT), S. Sulawesi and Maluku which focuses on fisheries data as well as interaction with Endangered Threatened and Protected (ETP) species
2. The implementation of the first pilot site for Fairtrade USA Standard on Capture Fisheries
3. The implementation of ‘Improving Fisheries Information and Traceability in Tuna (IFITT)‘, a program under the BESTTuna program of Wageningen University, Netherlands
4. Supporting the development and institutionalization of co-management through ‘Data management Committees’
5. Social/community development activities such as awareness programs; alternative livelihoods; safety and quality in seafood projects; ‘adopt a school’; supporting clean water systems for schools and orphanages and ‘helmets for children’ events.
The implementation of principles and visions of MDPI are made possible through the support of donations from several sources, among others Anova Food LLC, the David and Lucile Packard foundation and FT USA. Additionally, funding comes from Wageningen University, Netherlands for the implementation of projects on their behalf.