Indonesia is the 4th most populated country in the world with more than 250.000.000 people --- There are 316 ethnic groups which speak 670 dialects in Indonesia --- There are 17.508 islands in Indonesia, which is the largest Archipelago in the world and only 6.000 of them have a name with only 1.000 are inhabited --- If you could spend only 1 day on each island of Indonesia, you would need 48 years to see all of them? (Transportation between islands not counted) --- Indonesia has the longest coastline in the world, with 100.000 kms long --- Indonesia is probably the last country in the world, which has still unexplored territories, and is not completly mapped? (specially around Irian Jaya) --- There are about 400 volcanoes in Indonesia, and 150 out of them are active, which represents 75% of all active volcano on the planet


World Ocean Conference (WOC) - Manado 2009

What is WOC? - A high level global meeting of head of the states and leaders that have coastal and marine territories.

Why hold WOC ?
International agreements and conventions are important and have been adequately accepted. However, there is a lack of political willingness to drive forward and further implement such agreements.

WOC'09 will provide a platform where world leaders and decision makers will come together to make commitments for sustainable development of marine resources.

Given the fact that Indonesia is the largest archipelagic country and possesses the highest marine biodiversity in the world, the summit will strengthen Indonesia's participation in the regional and international forum.

Gradual degradation of marine and fisheries resources has been related to over fishing, pollution, and climate change. Global effort to stop this trend is urgently required.

To achieve international commitments in sustainable development of marine resources for the prosperity of all humankind.

WOC activities
  • Senior Official Meeting
  • The Summit in Manado
  • Working group discussion
  • Excursion
WOC Issues
  • Ocean Governance
  • Ocean Environment & Sustainability
  • Ocean Disaster Mitigation
  • Ocean as the Next Frontier
What should we expect from WOC?
  • International commitment to manage the ocean for the benefit of humankind, as manifested in the 'Manado Ocean Declaration'.
  • Establishment of the center for tropical marine activities. Such as marine tourism, ocean heritage management, and ocean policy in Indonesia
  • Establishment of the International network of ocean experts.


  • Sharks & Rays, sponsored by ACIAR-Australia
  • Coelacanth (Ikan Purba), sponsored by IRD-France
  • Ocean Science, sponsored by BMBF-Germany,
  • Oceanography, sponsored by NOAA-USA,
  • Global Ocean Observing System, sponsored by NOAA-USA,
  • Marine Geology & Geophysics, sponsored by LDEO-USA,
  • Marine Tourism,
  • Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), Sponsored by TNC, CI & WWF,
  • Coral Reef, sponsored by TNC, CI & WWF,
  • Fisheries Assessment & Managements,Fisheries Aquaculture,
  • Fisheries Product Processing,
  • Excotic Fishes,
  • Shipyard Industries,
  • Small Island Development,
  • Ocean Policy,
  • Human Resources Development & Capacity Building,
  • Marine Biotechnology,
  • Marine Mineral, Oil & Gas Resources,
  • Marine Enterpreneurship for Your Enterpreneurs, sponsored by IOI,
  • Ocean Governance

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