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4 Flagship Sites Admitted to USAID-supported Marine Protected Area System

4 Flagship Sites Admitted to USAID-supported Marine Protected Area System

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The Philippines’ Tubbataha Reefs National Park became a National Marine Park in 1988, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. (Photo by: Gregg Yan/WWF-Philippines)

The Philippines’ Tubbataha Reefs National Park became a National Marine Park in 1988, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. (Photo by: Gregg Yan/WWF-Philippines)

The first four flagship sites of the Coral Triangle Marine Protected Area System (CTMPAS) were revealed last May in a launch activity at the sidelines of the World Coral Reef Conference in Manado, Indonesia.

These sites – Wakatobi National Park in Indonesia, Turtle Islands Park in Malaysia, and Turtle Islands Wildlife Sanctuary and Tubbataha Reefs National Park World Heritage Site in the Philippines – were found to have met the criteria set out under the CTMPAS Framework for “Category 4: Flagship Sites,” defined as “large, already effectively managed sites that have regional ecological, governance and socioeconomic importance.”

wu144_150LargeNine other nominated sites were assessed as “Category 3: Priority Development Sites,” or sites that do not meet the CTMPAS management effectiveness criteria for Category 4 but are proposed as priority sites for conservation and technical assistance because of their regional ecological, governance or socioeconomic importance.

The CTMPAS is a system that is intended to scale up and maximize the food, income and ecological benefits of marine protection and management through the adoption of regional criteria for management effectiveness. It is being developed by the six Member States of the Coral Triangle Initiative as part of their commitment to address threats to the sustainability of coastal and marine resources in the Coral Triangle, including many key species and resources whose range and habitats extend throughout the region across national boundaries. USAID, through the United States CTI Support Program, provided significant assistance to develop the CTMPAS Framework and continues to help in its implementation.

(Story and diagram courtesy of USAID: U.S. Support to the Coral Triangle Initiative)

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