A brighter outlook for the Coral Triangle

The six Coral Triangle Heads of State of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and Timor Leste launch the Coral Triangle Initiative Regional Plan of Action at the CTI Summit in Manado, Indonesia, May 2009.

Towards a solid management blueprint

In May 2009, the six Coral Triangle Governments (Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, and Timor Leste) launched a Regional Plan of Action for the next decade adopted at the World Ocean Conference in Manado, Indonesia.
This is the most detailed plan for ocean conservation ever seen and the fruit of an ambitious partnership—the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security founded in December 2007 in Bali.

Our first goal has been met...

As a result, the first of WWF’s Coral Triangle Programme policy objectives has already been met—agreement at the highest levels by the governments of the Coral Triangle region to a partnership to sustainably manage their national and shared marine natural resources.

...but much more remains to be achieved

The Plan of Action is just a first step in an intensive process of dialogue, consultation, planning, partnership building and implementation. WWF is focused on:
  • Implementation of the Regional Plan of Action through innovative public private partnerships and investment that secure the future of the Coral Triangle and its wealth of marine resources
  • Creating and supporting the appropriate governance mechanisms for collaboration among CTI governments and stakeholders

What are the foundations of success?

To succeed, the Coral Triangle Initiative not only needs unprecedented collaboration among the six national governments, but also to engage many stakeholders within and outside the region in an effort that recognises:
  • a coastal population base of more than 120 million people and hundreds of political jurisdictions and entities within the Coral Triangle
  • millions of consumers outside the Coral Triangle
  • potentially hundreds of NGOs and scores of major donors
  • and large industries such as fisheries and tourism
WWF is part of an NGO consortium (currently including The Nature Conservancy and Conservation Intenational, but expected to broaden to other key organizations such as the Pacific Regional Environment Programme) in support of the CTI. Critical development partners include the Australian Government, the US Government and the Asian Development Bank.

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