A multilateral partnership to help safeguard the marine and coastal resources for future generations
The Coral Triangle: A Global Treasure
Submerged below the warm tropical waters in Soutest Asia and the Western Pacific, lies an underwater world teeming with more corals and marine life than you’ll find anywhere else in the world. This triangular shaped region, stretching almost 6 million square kilometers, is recognized as the global epicenter of marine biodiversity.
The reach of the Coral Triangle extends far beyonds its boundaries. The sevices provided by a healthy Coral Triangle support food production, livelihoods, commercial exports, protection from strorms, and revenue generated from tourism.
A Resource in Jeopardy
Dispite efforts by governments and organization to improve management, the condition of the Coral Triangle resources is declining:
- Coastal development alters the shoreline landscape and habitats, increases erosion, and washes land-based pollution into marine waters;
- Destructive fishing practices using dynamit, bottom drag nets and cyanide destroys the reefs and habitats;
- Overfishing of pelagic and coastal fisheries has reduced many fish stocks and fish size; and
- Impacts from climate change such as increased sea surface temperatures and ocean acidification strees the corals leading to widespread bleaching and other changes that impact the function of ecosystems.
Countries Respond To A Call To Action
To safeguard the marine and coastal resources within the Coral Triangle, the leaders of the countries within the boundaries-Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Gunea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor Leste- formed a multilateral partnership in 2007 and launched the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) in 2009. CTI-CFF is managed through a Regional Secretariat based in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Together, the six Coral Triangle Initiative countries developed a 10-year Regional Plan of Action to implement CTI-CFF. This plan outlines joint priorities and commitments from each of the governments and identifies five goals:
1. Strengthening management of seascapes
2. Application of ecosystem approach to fisheries management;
3. Developing and strengthening the management of marine protected areas;
4. Implementing climate change adaption measures; and
5. Protecting threatened marine species.
The trheats to the Coral Triangle are real and growing. However, through the collective actions of the CTI government, development partners, the private sector, and local communities, we hope to reach our goal to safeguard the marine and coastal resources for feature generations.
|Menteri Kelautan dan Perikanan, Syarif Cicip Sutarjo membuka SOM-CTI ke 7|
|SOM negara negara CTI ke 7 berlangsung tanggal 25-26 Oktober 2011 di Jakarta|
|Timor Leste salah satu negara anggota CTI yang hadir pada SOM ke 7 di Jakarta|