Thousands of People Come Together on 2nd Coral Triangle Day
June 9 was officially recognized as the Coral Triangle Day at the 4th Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Ministerial Meeting held in Putrajaya, Malaysia last November 2012.
This has proven to be a critical impetus for national governments, local communities, private establishments, and individual supporters to take action on this special day and express their concern for this region’s valuable marine resources through numerous activities around the Coral Triangle.
Now on its second year, Coral Triangle Day once again brought together people from all walks of life to celebrate their shared ocean resources through varied activities such as beach and coastal clean-ups, underwater clean-up dives, beach parades, musical festivals, educational workshops for kids, art competitions, ocean-related seminars, and sustainable seafood events, among many others.
The Coral Triangle Day was conceived to be a regional interpretation of World Oceans Day—an annual, open-sourced event for individuals, organizations, and establishments to come together on one special day of the year to shed light on ocean conservation and the numerous ways to protect and conserve this shared treasure.
The Coral Triangle is one of the three great ecological complexes on the planet, together with the Congo Basin and the Amazon Rainforest. It is a vast ocean expanse that geographically spreads across six countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Timor Leste.
It is an underwater treasure trove that directly sustains the lives of more than 120 million people who heavily depend on marine resources for food and income.
This yearly Coral Triangle Day event aims to provide a regional platform to promote national and local marine conservation work in each Coral Triangle country and help safeguard the millions of lives that depend on this world’s center of marine life.
Visit www.thecoraltriangle.com/day to find out more about the various events that took place around the Coral Triangle.
Also check out this WWF Coral Triangle Day outcomes report .