Posted on 08 February 2017
Partners in the Coral Triangle Initiative for Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) are implementing innovative approaches to increase the eﬀectiveness of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and rebuild ﬁsh stocks for the beneﬁt of local ﬁshers and businesses. They also work with the tourism sector to encourage operators to be part of MPA management and protect high-value conservation areas through best practices and ﬁnancing mechanisms. Collaborative management approaches are important for eﬀective and sustainably funded and managed MPAs with roles, responsibilities and beneﬁts shared between national and local authorities, communities, private sector, resource owners, and users.
The IUCN World Conservation Congress, held in Honolulu in September 2016, provided the opportunity for a workshop to showcase some of the approaches applied in the Coral Triangle region. A workshop organised in partnership with the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF), Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, and WWF, was held to share lessons from several MPAs designed in collaboration with key stakeholders and those that work to protect biodiversity, people, and their livelihoods and help manage industries such as ﬁsheries and tourism. The target audience included key decision makers: MPA managers; government representatives; ﬁsheries and tourism industry players; community members; and coastal resource owners and users.
This is a report of that workshop.