Local People Taking the Lead

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In honor of Coral Triangle Day, join us as we get to know the people and communities who rely on and protect the Coral Triangle's extraordinary natural resources.

The most successful conservation projects are those that actively engage local communities.

These are the projects that actively work to break the links between unsustainable resource use, environmental degradation and poverty.

Nowhere is this kind of collaborative, people-focused approach more important than in the Coral Triangle.

We are helping communities in the Coral Triangle to identify and implement solutions to protect the natural resources that sustain their livelihoods.

In Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, the Conservancy helped design the first MPA network in the world that incorporates both human needs and coral reef resilience to withstand impacts from climate change.

In Wakatobi, Indonesia, training programs are providing local communities with access to a stable source of household income allowing the unique marine biodiversity that characterizes this area to flourish.

In the Solomon Islands, we are helping the people of Boe Boe better understand and adapt to the impacts of climate change through 3D mapping and ecosystem-based approaches.

Conservation will last into the future when local people are taking action.

By facilitating community efforts and helping communities incorporate traditional knowledge…

we can complement their conservation projects with our science and planning expertise.

Sustainable—and ultimately successful—conservation work relies upon partnerships that strike a balance between the needs of an ecosystem and its human inhabitants, for the long-term benefit of both.

As Armin Sahari, a fisherman from Tomia village in Wakatobi, Indonesia, says, “If we want to achieve a big goal, we cannot do it alone. We will need to have a group.”


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