The Coral Triangle is one of the world’s most important marine ecosystems, a 6-million-km2 biological and economic treasure covering the waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, and Timor Leste. But this part of the world continues to face serious threats to its ecological health and productivity.
In recognition of the region’s inestimable value, WWF has been working in the Coral Triangle with the aim of creating more sustainable marine industries such as fisheries, aquaculture and tourism, and improving livelihoods in coastal communities to ensure food security for the future.
A multilateral partnership
A multilateral partnership between the Coral Triangle nations, known as the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF), was established in 2009 to elevate conservation commitments and plans of action to the regional and national levels.
Over the next 5 years, the CTI-CFF has generated almost US$1.4 billion in funding for the Coral Triangle, and paved the way for more regional collaboration platforms such as the Coral Triangle Fishers Forum
, the Coral Triangle Multimedia Network
, and the Regional Business Forum.
Through these platforms and other strategies, WWF is committed to help Coral Triangle governments, industry and communities to nurture blue economies — sustainable economies where economic development based on the ocean and marine resources contributes to long-term prosperity, sustainability and resilience of the region into the future and which promote responsible practices for equitable benefits.