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Coral Triangle Achievements

WWF has invested significant resources to the Coral Triangle since 2007 when WWF developed a transboundary programme to tackle the threats to this world’s most biodiverse marine area. Since then, more than 3 million hectares of MPAs have been declared, thousands of small-scale fishers are benefiting from Fisheries and Aquaculture Improvement Projects (FIPs and AIPs), and hundreds of women are engaged in financial inclusion and empowerment projects with increased recognition and engagement in marine resource management.

To date, achievements include more than 30,000 tonnes of fish and aquaculture products under improvement projects, approximately 30,000 fishers and fish farmers benefiting from improvement projects, and a curriculum developed to train local capacity for supporting new FIP and AIPs for pre-assessments, action planning, and monitoring. A total of 30 local people have been trained to date who have four new FIPs and AIPs ready to proceed.
 
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Fisherman with tuna catch. Philippines
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WWF in the Coral Triangle - A History of Collective Achievement

 
 
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WWF in the Coral Triangle - A History of Collective Achievements
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2017

 
  • WWF develops mobile phone app: WatchOurSeas for coastal communities to report illegal, under reported and unregulated fishing and poaching
  • WWF launches a traceability system for yellowfin tuna in Vietnam, in collaboration with industry group VinaTuna, aiming to reduce mixing of FIP and non-FIP fish
  • More than 3 million hectares of CT marine protected areas have been created with WWF support and more than 1000 women are directly supported in economic empowerment projects
  • The CTI-CFF hosts Partnerships to Achieve SDG 14 in the World’s Epicenter of Marine Biodiversity at the UN Oceans Congress in New York
  • WWF in the Coral Triangle publishes: Investment Opportunities For Sustainable Nature-Based Tourism in the Coral Triangle
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USAID’s Coral Triangle Support Partnership helps create app to benefit fisheries in the Solomon Islands
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2016

 
  • CT6 governments support nature-based tourism and sustainability standards for tourism in marine protected areas
  • Malaysia formalizes its biggest protected marine conservation area to date after a 13-year process supported by WWF in the CT
  • WWF launches the Reviving Melanesia’s Ocean Economy report, a groundbreaking study which values Melanesia’s ocean assets at half-a-trillion US dollars
  • Partners of the CTI-CFF host Innovation in Protecting Marine Ecosystems and Managing Fisheries and Tourism in the Coral Triangle – Collaborative Approaches at the IUCN World Conservation Congress
  • WWF in the Coral Triangle publishes: Low Footprint Seafood in the Coral Triangle
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Naduri villagers of Macuata Province, Fiji, cheer after the dropping of the buoy that marks the ... 
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Naduri villagers of Macuata Province, Fiji, cheer after the dropping of the buoy that marks the boundary of the new marine protected area in Macuata, Fiji.
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2015

 
  • CTI-CFF opens Regional Secretariat in Manado, Indonesia
  • WWF in the CT develops electronic catch documentation system, in partnership with Traceall Global Ltd., to better manage fisheries data
  • Low footprint aquaculture (LFA) reports are produced and disseminated, highlighting seafood footprint concerns and importance of LFA to food security
  • WWF in the Coral Triangle publishes: Nature-based Marine Tourism in the Coral Triangle
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These men harvested about 4 tons of milkfish (chanos chanos) from this pond and fish immediately put to ice and brought to nearby processing plant for deboning and other processes. Alsons Aquaculture. Sarangani, Southern Mindanao, Philippines
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2014

 
  • Vietnam launches fisheries improvement project (FIP) for yellowfin tuna in coordination with WWF
  • CTI-CFF launches a regional framework for ecosystem-based approaches to fisheries management
  • Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam agree to jointly tackle the illegal marine turtle trade during a workshop funded by WWF
  • CTI-CFF – hosts Celebrating Achievements in the Coral Triangle side event at the World Parks Congress
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Yellowfin Tuna, Vietnam
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2013

 
  • WWF and USAID convene CT6 live reef food fish trade forum led by ASEAN, CT6 governments sign a resolution to promote sustainable measures for the trade in LRFF
  • In a CT first, Indonesia announces world’s largest sanctuary for manta rays, banning fishing of mantas within the country’s exclusive economic zone
  • WWF launches new regional Aquaculture Dialogue to develop ASC species Standard for tropical marine finfish (e.g. barramundi, grouper, and snapper)
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Giant manta rays at a cleaning station with diver (Manta birostris) at a cleaning station. North Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia
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2012

 
  • June 9 becomes the inaugural Coral Triangle Day
  • WWF commences CT tuna tagging project to provide evidence for regional policy inputs such as the establishment of protected tuna spawning areas in the CT
  • The Marine Fish Farmers Association of Malaysia is formed to promote more responsible and sustainable production of farmed marine fish
  • CTI-CFF achievements showcased at the Rio+20 Summit Sustaining the Coral Triangle’s Marine Biodiversity and its People: “Building Sustainable Blue Economies”
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Tuna tagging in the Philippines
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2011

 
  • WWF launches the
‘My Coral Triangle’ campaign, the first ever regional WWF platform to implement collaborative fundraising on a single issue
  • WWF co-hosts workshop on market-based improvements in the live reef fish food trade, in partnership with APEC and Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries to pave the way for stronger regional cooperation
  • WWF in the CT releases circle hook policy brief, evaluating and providing recommendations on the urgent issue of bycatch reduction
in longline fisheries
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Circle hooks. The use of circle-shaped hooks instead of commonly used J-shaped hooks can significantly reduce the bycatch of turtles in longline fisheries.
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2010

 
  • WWF launches the Singapore Seafood Guide for one of the biggest seafood consuming nations in the Asia-Pacific, which relies on CT resources
  • Manila hosts first CT Regional Business Forum, kickstarting a focus on sustainable blue economy approaches in the CT
  • WWF launches the biennial Fishers Forum to provide opportunities for fishers in the CT region to give input on policy and develop new partnerships in the sector
  • WWF-Fiji trials energy efficiency pilot for tourism sector, providing an innovative model to source funds for climate change adaptation in other parts of the CT
  • The Philippines government prioritizes tuna research, WWF lobbying sees recognition of the need to allocate additional funding to achieve sustainable production
  • CT fishers collectively agree on recommendations to address bycatch, including implementing bycatch legislation into respective national policies
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Your Singapore Seafood Guide is here! Get the guide. Save the fish!
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2009

 
  • CT6 governments adopt a 10-year Regional Plan of Action, including a framework to establish a region-wide comprehensive, ecologically representative and well-managed Coral Triangle Marine Protected Area System (CTMPAS) by 2020
  • CTI Leaders Summit takes place in Bali to further political and donor support at the highest levels of government
  • WWF releases the Coral Triangle and Climate Change report on the CT, warning that coral reefs in the CT could be completely destroyed by the end of the century if action is not taken
  • Thousands of turtles are saved thanks to a WWF in the CT initiative aimed at reducing bycatch in longline tuna fisheries
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Tortuga carey (Eretmochelys imbricata) 
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Tortuga carey (Eretmochelys imbricata)
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2008

 
  • Development partners and governments pledge more than US$500 million to protect and restore the CT
  • Key NGOs and donors agree on a coordinated approach to support the six CT national action plans
  • WWF and partners launch USAID’s Coral Triangle Support Project (CTSP) while initiating a project design process with the Asia Development Bank and the Global Environment Facility
  • Singapore hosts the Panda Ball, raising awareness for WWF in the CT
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WWF Asia Panda Ball
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2007

 
  • WWF supports the launch of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF)
  • WWF launches the Coral Triangle Global Initiative (CTGI) to support the work of WWF’s national programmes in the CT countries
  • APEC members met in Sydney-where 21 leaders endorsed the proposal, “to safeguard the rich, marine resources, of the Indo Pacific region”
  • The President of Indonesia calls on leaders from CT countries to formally endorse the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF)
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CTI-CFF Logo
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2006

 
  • WWF releases the Tagaytay Communique, outlining the vision of what became the WWF Coral Triangle Programme
  • The geographical concept for the CT formally enters the scene at WWF during a WWF Marine Advisory Group meeting in Rome
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The Coral Triangle Map
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