Strategies for sustainability in the Coral Triangle
To make this vision a reality, three goals must be achieved by 2020:
The Biodiversity Goal:At least 10% of the Coral Triangle region’s marine habitats are under effective management. As a result, coastal communities can share the benefits of integrated, productive, and diverse marine ecosystems.
The footprint of fisheries, aquaculture, and marine tourism on oceans and coastal habitats has been reduced. It’s about stakeholders from all sectors coming together to support well-established social and ecological systems.
The Footprint Goal:
Food security, sustainable income, and improved livelihoods have been enhanced for the people of the Coral Triangle. It’s a goal that can be achieved only through healthier and more resilient marine ecosystems.
The Human Well-Being Goal:
A HOLISTIC WAY: THE ECOSYSTEM APPROACH TO FISHERIES MANAGEMENT
EAFM works because it covers social, cultural, and economic dimensions, seeking a balance between environmental and human benefits through sustainable and appropriate ecosystem management.
EAFM in ActionIn the Coral Triangle, this means:
- Establishing networks of MPAs or Locally Marine Managed Areas (LMMAs) to protect biodiversity and fish stocks for fisheries, food security and livelihoods
- Reducing negative impacts of fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, and other industries on coastal and marine habitats
- Working with the partners and stakeholders to communicate the need for effective and sustainable policies to regional fisheries management organisations
- Promoting rights-based management (RBM) to strengthen local stewardship
- Working as a partner in the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security.