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Managing Threats to Timor Leste’s Reef Systems

Managing Threats to Timor Leste’s Reef Systems

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State of the Coral Triangle: Timor Leste

State of the Coral Triangle: Timor Leste

The State of the Coral Triangle: Timor Leste report describes the status of Timor Leste’s coastal and marine ecosystems, and the national plan of action to address threats and improve resource management.

Timor-Leste is the most recent country to be established in the Coral Triangle, having achieved ten years of independence in 2012. It is located in a transitional region known as Wallacea, which lies between Asia and Australia. Environmentalists recognize this region to be extremely abundant of marine biodiversity.

Effective management is the key to protecting Timor-Leste’s reef systems. This is apparent from several quantitative indicators that confirm that these systems are under environmental threat. The degree of abundance of valuable commercial and upper trophic-level species, such as the snapper and grouper, is notable low in these reef systems, confirming that these fish populations have been exposed to extraction rates that far exceed sustainable levels.

The publication of several Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) knowledge products is part of the support given by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

These knowledge products include a State of the Coral Triangle (SCT) report for each member country, as well as a regional SCT report that promotes regional and international understanding of current ecological, political, and socioeconomic issues in the Coral Triangle. A State of the Coral Triangle report for each member country has also been published, which addresses sustainable resource management issues at the national level.

 

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