What WWF is doing in the Coral Triangle
Safeguarding the ocean of life
In recognition of the region’s inestimable value, WWF has been working in the Coral Triangle with the aim of creating more sustainable marine industries such as fisheries, aquaculture and tourism, and improving livelihoods in coastal communities to ensure food security for the future.
A multilateral partnershipA multilateral partnership between the Coral Triangle nations, known as the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF), was established in 2009 to elevate conservation commitments and plans of action to the regional and national levels.
Over the next 5 years, the CTI-CFF has generated almost US$1.4 billion in funding for the Coral Triangle, and paved the way for more regional collaboration platforms such as the Coral Triangle Fishers Forum, the Coral Triangle Multimedia Network, and the Regional Business Forum.
Through these platforms and other strategies, WWF is committed to help Coral Triangle governments, industry and communities to nurture blue economies — sustainable economies where economic development based on the ocean and marine resources contributes to long-term prosperity, sustainability and resilience of the region into the future and which promote responsible practices for equitable benefits.
Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management
To concretise this vision, goals have been set for the Coral Triangle Programme for 2020.
- For biodiversity, at least 10% of Coral Triangle marine habitats must be sustainably and equitably managed.
- Fisheries, aquaculture, and marine tourism must have reduced footprints, with social and ecological systems achieving greater resilience.
- For human well-being, people will benefit from enhanced food security, sustainable incomes, and improved livelihood opportunities—the results of more resilient marine ecosystems.
- supporting policy and advocacy for effective natural resource management;
- catalyzing innovation and business transformation in the fields of fisheries, aquaculture, and tourism;
- and maximizing marketing and communications to spur key stakeholders to action.
- The Asia Pacific Sustainable Seafood Network (APSSN) - a business-oriented platform focused on Fisheries and Aquaculture Improvement Projects and capacity building for sustainable fisheries.
- The Tuna Blueprint - a strategy for rescuing Pacific bluefin and other endangered tuna species from overfishing.
- The String of Pearls - a showcase of collaborative approaches to Ecosystem management that achieve multiple objectives: Biodiversity protection; restoration of Ecosystems/Fisheries; Livelihoods (e.g. Fisheries, Tourism); Food security, and Coastal protection through well designed, effective MPAs /networks of LMMAs
- Watch Our Seas - a mobile phone application under development that will allow coastal communities to easily report poaching and illegal fishing activities.
- Tourism - a set of strategies to bring about responsible coastal and marine tourism in the Coral Triangle by partnering with the cruise ship industry in minimising its footprint on sensitive ecological areas and communities and developing a Nature-based Tourism framework to promote low-impact, low-volume, high-value nature-based tourism experiences in this part of the world.