On Friday, May 15, 2009, at the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) Summit in Manado, Indonesia, heads of government of all six countries that lie in the Coral Triangle — Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, the Philippines, Timor Leste and Malaysia — resoundingly adopted a policy agreement that fundamentally transforms marine and coastal resource use and protection across the region.
Launched on the heels of the World Oceans Conference, the Nature Conservancy-supported Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) includes a Regional Plan of Action that contains unprecedented MPA, fisheries and climate change targets. The plan also fundamentally aims at ensuring the livelihoods and food security for coastal communities and their future generations.
Commitments made by individual governments and partners at the CTI Summit include:
These announcements are in addition to the over $100 million in multi-year grants from donor agencies given in recent months that directly support implementation of the Coral Triangle Initiative, including $63 million from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), $2 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), $2 million from the German Environment Ministry and $42 million from the U.S. government, with over $40 million from the USAID. An additional $300 million of grant and loan projects also support aspects of the Coral Triangle Initiative and are part of the co-financing package for the GEF Grant.
To successfully achieve sustainable management of marine and coastal resources for current and future generations, leaders of the six governments of the Coral Triangle countries will collectively and individually commit to five over-arching goals and a set of ten targets:
Goal #1: Priority Seascapes (large marine areas) designated and effectively managed
Goal #2: Ecosystem approach to management of fisheries (EAFM) and other marine resources fully applied
Goal #3: Marine protected areas (MPAs) established and effectively managed
Goal #4: Climate change adaptation measures achieved
Goal #5: Threatened species status improving
The Conservancy will continue to work to advance this incredible platform for conservation that these governments have launched.
“We are inspired by the bold vision of the CTI and the significant commitments that the six leaders made today. Our continued engagement, building on nearly two decades of conservation in this region, with governments, regional institutions and local communities we hope will contribute to this extraordinary initiative for the benefit of nature and people living in this region and beyond. ” Roger Milliken Jr., TNC’s Chairman of the Board of Directors.May 13, 2013