Sustainable Marine Tourism in the Coral Triangle RegionCatch of the Week
Representatives from six Asia-Pacific countries in the Coral Triangle Region have called for the implementation of sustainable tourism guidelines and standards for development and investment in protected maritime zones.
This formed the outcome of the 4th Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Regional Forum, which gathered representatives from six pioneering countries — Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor Leste — held from 27 to 29 August, in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.
The meeting focused on the issues surrounding sustainable marine tourism in the Coral Triangle (CT). In a policy round table at the forum, participants agreed that guidelines for sustainable tourism in the Coral Triangle could be largely built upon existing globally available guidelines, but with some tailored components specific to local conditions and revised to be made relevant to all potential tourism-related sectors.
This agreement signified the start of a participatory process with relevant stakeholder groups to achieve the initiative’s overarching objectives on sustainable marine tourism practices, nature-based branding strategy for the Coral Triangle and private sector leadership/engagement and sustainable financing.
The results will further inform the CTI CFF Senior Officials Meeting, initiate further studies and innovative public private partnerships on sustainable marine tourism and demonstration projects towards adoption of conducive tourism policies and standards regarding sustainable marine tourism practices in the region.