Coral Triangle Countries Eye Bigger Role in Marine Ecosystem ProtectionCatch of the Week
Prompted by the increasing impact of climate change on one of the major coral reef systems in the Southeast Asian region and guided by lessons from the destruction wrought by typhoon “Yolanda” (international name “Haiyan”), member countries of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) are finalizing proposals for a road map aimed at ensuring long-term protection of coral reef systems.
The 9th CTI-CFF Senior Officials Meeting (SOM), currently being held in Manila, Philippines on 25–27 November 2013, focuses on several key concerns raised during the previous CTI-CFF SOM, including uniting various marine ecosystem protection and strengthening efforts of the member countries. Critical topics being discussed are the establishment of a permanent CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat that would facilitate regional cooperation; directing the Regional Financial Architecture for financial support mechanisms for proposed coral reef safeguards; progress report on the Monitoring and Evaluation System that would guide coral reef and fisheries maintenance; and developing a CTI-CFF Roadmap 2014 that would set the actions of the member countries in the coming year.
Among the countries present during the meeting are Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste.
The 2-day event saw the participation of several industry and sector organizations, including the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the Southeast Asia Fisheries and Development Center, WorldFish, and the German Society of International Cooperation (GIZ).
Story and photo by Alexander Villafania for CTKNetwork.org