Posted on 29 August 2017
A project by WWF and partners, with support from the Australian government, (2015-2017) to assist the
six countries of the Coral Triangle in developing a regional approach to more sustainable nature-based tourism that supports the protection and sustainable use of high conservation value places.
The Coral Triangle, which includes the coral reef rich countries of Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and the Solomon Islands, has over 130 million people living in coastal communities who are directly dependent on healthy coastal and marine resources for food and income. It is also a densely populated area of the world, with rich, highly diverse cultures built on the peoples’ connection to the ocean. It is also a region renowned for the beauty and uniqueness of its tropical marine environment.
The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI- CFF) is focused on improving food security, livelihoods, and income provision through the protection of the marine resources that directly support these people.
Under Australia’s support of the CTI-CFF, we have developed a business case and a range of tools for governments, the private sector and communities to invest in nature-based tourism in the Coral Triangle. In doing so, we are addressing the challenge of how to develop livelihoods for Coral Triangle communities and businesses without undermining its rich environmental and cultural assets.