Sukabumi Regency is located in the West Java province in the south coast of Java Island, around 170km away from Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta. It is part of the rapidly growing economic region of Jakarta and the surrounding planet cities and regencies. Blessed with natural wonders such as mountains, rivers, beaches and the adjacent beautiful Bay of Palabuhanratu, Sukabumi Regency realizes the huge potential of the area and is committed to pursuing the economic development of the maritime city through the development of coastal tourism, fisheries and other related services and industries.
The Government of Sukabumi Regency, at the same time, recognizes the potential threats to the ecological balance of its coastal areas—as a result of pollution, habitat degradation, coastal erosion and sedimentation—as environmental challenges, in addition to management issues such as multiple-use conflicts and the lack of integrated planning. In line with the long-term sustainable coastal and marine development paradigm (i.e., “Protecting life support systems and conserving coastal and marine resources for sustainable development and the welfare of the people of Sukabumi Regency”) the Government of Sukabumi Regency realized the importance of applying an integrated approach in the use and management of its coastal and marine resources. As a step forward, on 24 February 2003, the Government of Sukabumi Regency signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), through the Global Environment Facility/United Nations Development Programme/International Maritime Organization Regional Programme on Building Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), for an integrated coastal management (ICM) parallel site in the Regency. Sukabumi Regency recognizes its ICM parallel site designation as being very strategic and important in supporting and enabling the Government and other stakeholders to achieve their coastal and marine management vision—“The Palabuhanratu is a self-reliant civilized maritime city with flourishing worldclass coastal tourism and sustainable fishery industries.”