Reducing the impacts of climate change in the Coral Triangle
A climate-smart approachMore than many other places on the planet, the Coral Triangle is especially vulnerable to climate change and ocean acidification, whose effects could spell catastrophe for the region’s people, resources, and environment.
Over the past 40 years, more than 40% of coral reefs and mangroves have disappeared in this centre of marine biodiversity. Of what remains, more than 85% is under threat.
The challenges facing even the smallest communities are further compounded by global phenomena such as higher sea temperatures, population growth, coastal development, pollution, and unsustainable and destructive fishing.
In the era of climate change, finding smart, sustainable solutions is paramount.
Going for the BlueWWF’s work in the Coral Triangle adapts the Blue Economy strategy, in which biodiversity conservation is addressed by reducing environmental footprints, especially among economically important, high-impact industries such as fisheries, aquaculture, and tourism.
Food security and livelihoods are prioritised by building resiliency and encouraging best practices among community and fisheries. Creating and maintaining marine protected areas (MPAs) and networks of Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMA) have also been proven to boost ecosystem resiliency.
A climate-smart approach to our work is crucial if we are to achieve future food security and help the region mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.
Linking up for conservationWWF is working in the Asia Pacific region to expand private-sector engagement in support of national conservation and footprint reduction, and to advocate for policies that genuinely promote the sustainable and equitable development of natural resources.
We are building on established relationships with national and regional governments, the private sector, and communities for improved conservation policies and practices. We are linking more important businesses to places that support their continued viability, and to communities that depend on such sustainable enterprise.