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Australia Supports Coral Triangle Initiative

Australia Supports Coral Triangle Initiative

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Australia has pumped in an additional US$1.4 million funding for Papua New Guinea to deepen ties on the Coral Triangle Initiative.

The regional Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) was a key focus of discussions between Papua New Guinea and Australia this past week.

Alotau, Papua New Guinea. (Photo: © World Wildlife Fund, Inc. / Tory Read)

Alotau, Papua New Guinea. (Photo: © World Wildlife Fund, Inc. / Tory Read)

Environment and Conservation and Climate Change Minister John Pundari and Australian Minister for Environment, Greg Hunt, and PNG Ministers focused on this during Mr Hunt’s visit to Port Moresby.

“I am delighted to announce that the Australian Government will be contributing up to AUD$1.9 million in additional support for implementation of PNG, and related, Coral Triangle Initiative priorities,” Mr Hunt said.

“The Coral Triangle ecosystems provide food and other benefits to more than 120 million people. Australia is committed to the Coral Triangle Initiative and has allocated more than AUD$13 million of support since 2009, with almost AUD$1.7 million going to support activities in PNG.”

“Practical action is critical to maintaining the integrity of Coral Triangle ecosystems that provide economic benefits and food security for the region,” Mr Hunt said.

As the current chair for the Council of Ministers in the CTI-CFF countries, Mr Pundari welcomed the support Australia has provided and expects tangible outcomes to benefit the people in these communities.

“The regional approach of the Coral Triangle initiative helps channel international attention, collaboration and support to local priorities for the sustainable use of marine natural resources for the benefit of future generations,” he said.

“Australia’s support will enable us to implement projects that have empowered local communities as well as build expertise and raise awareness of large scale marine planning and management.”
Both Ministers said they looked forward to working together on future Coral Triangle Initiative programmes including the southern waters of PNG, especially in the Gulf of Papua.

(Story courtesy of Pacific Islands Report.)

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