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Six Entrepreneurs Recognized for Promoting Sustainable Marine Tourism in the Coral Triangle

Six Entrepreneurs Recognized for Promoting Sustainable Marine Tourism in the Coral Triangle

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Six entrepreneurs from the Coral Triangle countries that have successfully integrated sustainable marine tourism practices in their operations were recognized for their efforts to actively support the the conservation of coastal areas, marine habitats and marine wildlife and engage and support local communities in marine conservation activities.

The six businesses from each of the Coral Triangle Region countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste – were recognized during the 4th Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Regional Business Forum, held in Bali, Indonesia, from 27 to 29 August, 2015.

(L to R) Representative Madang Resort Hotel, James Harvey of Reef World in behalf of Evolution Dive Resort, Patson Baea of Oravae Cottage, David McCann of Scuba Junkie, Chris Brown of Reef Seen, and Francisco Mesina of Dive Timor Lorosae. Standing next to them are CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat Executive Director Widi Pratikto and Coral Triangle Center Executive Director Rili Djohani. (Photo from: CTI-CFF and WWF)

(L to R) Representative Madang Resort Hotel, James Harvey of Reef World in behalf of Evolution Dive Resort, Patson Baea of Oravae Cottage, David McCann of Scuba Junkie, Chris Brown of Reef Seen, and Francisco Mesina of Dive Timor Lorosae. Standing next to them are CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat Executive Director Widi Pratikto and Coral Triangle Center Executive Director Rili Djohani. (Photo from: CTI-CFF and WWF)

Government leaders at the conference also expressed support to enable private businesses to pursue sustainable marine tourism practices.

“Businesses in marine and coastal tourism in the Coral Triangle must receive adequate attention and commitment from all related stakeholders. This can be in the form of support for infrastructure development, a roadmap for sustainable marine tourism, and promotion and market access,” said M. Eko Rudianto, Director of Marine and Coastal, Indonesia Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries.

During his keynote speech at the conference, U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Robert Blake commended the efforts of the private sector that have led the way in sustainable marine tourism across the region. “I acknowledge the visionaries and leaders who have paved the way for sustainable marine tourism in the region and I hope more will follow your footsteps,” he said.

Rili Djohani, Executive Director of the Coral Triangle Center, said, “this recognition affords an opportunity to profile the important contributions that entrepreneurs are making to realize the goals of the Coral Triangle Initiative in ensuring that marine resources in the region are sustainably managed. Profiling the work of these businesses in this way will help underscore the importance for the Coral Triangle Initiative to act as a vehicle to promote equitable resources management and forging robust and resilient local communities centered around the sustainable marine tourism.”

The six entrepreneurial businesses chosen from 12 nominees submitted by various organizations across the Coral Triangle are:

• Reef Seen Divers’ Resort, Pemuturan, Bali, Indonesia
• Madang Resort Hotel, Madang, Papua New Guinea
• Evolution Diving, Malapascua, Cebu, Philippines
• Oravae Cottage, Gizo, Solomon Islands
• Dive Timor Lorosae, Dili, Timor-Leste

Read more about the 4th CTI-CFF Regional Business Forum.

(Story courtesy of WWF.)

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