The Coral Triangle is a 276-page book that showcases the faces, places and wildlife that make this region truly remarkable, as well as a fragile wonder that must be conserved.
The book includes over 400 stunning photographs documenting life and death, from the color and abundance of fish life and magnificent animals amidst rich coral reefs, to the systematic slaughter of a leatherback turtle and other images of danger and destruction.
The Coral Triangle is a 6 million km2 expanse of land and sea encompassing the waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste.
This is the world’s epicenter of marine diversity, home to extraordinary wildlife and large human communities, and a critical economic resource.
In April 2009, award-winning photographer Jürgen Freund and Stella-Chiu Freund set out on an 18-month expedition across the Coral Triangle, visiting bustling centers of marine product trade as well as some of the most remote and breathtaking habitats on earth.
A photographic log of their journey is available on this WWF blog.
The results of the Freunds' grueling but memorable trip, the first of its kind, are being published by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the book The Coral Triangle. The Freunds recount their adventures in their own words, alongside essays by international conservation experts on the diversity and threats facing this special place.
The book will get limited distribution during the first quarter of 2012.