Indonesia to host 3rd Coral Triangle Regional Business Forum
Business leaders and high-level representatives from the seafood, airline, tourism, retail, manufacturing, shipping, and extractive industries from around Asia-Pacific and other parts of the globe will come together to discuss innovative business solutions on how to responsibly utilize the Coral Triangle’s rich marine resources for long-term economic growth and environmental sustainability.
“Indonesia is proud to host this forum and welcomes it as an effective regional platform to help safeguard the long-term profitability of businesses, the sustainability of this region’s finite marine resources, and the wellbeing of the millions of people who directly depend on the Coral Triangle for food and livelihood,” says H.E. Mr. Sharif Cicip Sutarjo, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia.
Carrying the theme, A Marriage of Profit and Sustainability, the forum aims to help build a Blue Economy for the Coral Triangle region by driving public-private partnerships that are both economically profitable and environmentally sustainable.
“Indonesia has great interest in implementing a Blue Economy to help accelerate business growth, while safeguarding social and environmental welfare in the process,” adds Minister Sutarjo.
Mr. Gunter Pauli, Initiator and Author of Blue Economy will be a Keynote Speaker during the opening plenary.
Since its inception, the forum has seen fishing companies, seafood retailers, and travel and tourism operators in the Coral Triangle publicly announce concrete steps to reduce their impact on the marine environment by adopting more responsible business practices.
The event has likewise opened a number of business opportunities that address increasing market demand for environmentally-sustainable products and services, while focusing on the Coral Triangle’s rich but highly threatened marine resources.
The Coral Triangle is the most biologically-diverse marine region on the planet, covering the seas of six countries in Asia-Pacific: Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor Leste.
However, the region is under serious threat from over-exploitation and environmental degradation.
Manila, Philippines hosted the first Regional Business Forum in 2010, followed by Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2011.
The forum is being organized this year by the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security, WWF, the Coral Triangle Centre, and Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN).
It will be held from 24-26 March at the Grand Hyatt, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia. To register for the event, visit www.ctirbf2013.com.
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