The World Ocean Conference (WOC) in May 2009 provided forum for the global community to discuss current issues facing the marine environment, specifically those relating to climate change. Through the Manado Oceans Declaration representatives from 76 countries convening at the inaugural conference agreed on May 14th to push ocean issues as an agenda at the United Nations climate talks in Copenhagen in December.
At the WOC WWF launched a ground-breaking report that uses scenario modeling to profile the vulnerability of people and resources in the Coral Triangle to climate change based on the value of coastal resources to these communities.
The Climate Scenarios Report was headed by Prof. Ove Hoegh Guldberg - the world's leading climate and coral expert based at Queensland University in Australia.
Presenting this scientific evidence alongside on-the-ground stories from Climate Witnesses from the region, WWF is calling for investment in climate adaptation across the Coral Triangle.
The report launch was followed by a press trip to the Bunaken National Marine Park on May 14th, with one of the report’s authors Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, as well as CTNI Program Leader Lida Pet Soede. Media members were shown the reef and got the chance to snorkel with report author Professor Hoegh-Guldberg, and climate impacts, adaptation, and food security were discussed.
The Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) Summit (May 15) where Heads of State of the Coral Triangle 6 (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste) gathered to launch the CTI Plan of Action which represent the culmination of three years work between governments, NGOs and the private sector. The plan is expected to result in the roll out of measures needed to protect coastal communities and marine environments across the Coral Triangle from the impacts of climate change.