CT Atlas Interactive Map Provides Up-to-date Information to Decision-MakersTools
The CT Atlas was created specifically to track progress against the CTI-CFF Regional Plan of Action Goals and to provide a depository of information relevant to planning and management of CT marine resources with a focus on spatial types of data that could be shown on a map via a geographic information system (GIS).
The focus to make the CT Atlas functional over the last 5 years has been to develop a dataset for all types of marine protected areas across the Coral Triangle.
Using the CT Atlas is as simple as ticking off boxes corresponding to 8 categories of spatial layers for ecological, biophysical and socioeconomic data. One can display selected layers or all at the same time. The interactive map also allows one to zoom into a particular area or a specific country. It also provides links resources such as publications, photos and other relevant content.
Each country has been encouraged to develop their own database so that it would be compatible across the six countries that form the Coral Triangle Region, allowing them to share data to complete the gaps and keep it current.
This is also expected to avoid duplicate data collection efforts and provide the most complete and most current data available. The CT Atlas will be particularly useful in the design and planning of MPAs and MPA Networks throughout the region.
Nevertheless, the CT Atlas faces challenges in creating a high-quality, regional-scale spatial database that combines multiple and varied types of data from diverse sources.
The CT Atlas welcomes organizations that may want to share their data and contribute to the project. With access to the region’s best datasets, scientists and managers will have the tools necessary for planning, implementation, and evaluation of activities designed to ensure the sustainability of the marine and coastal resources of the Coral Triangle. This also helps ensure the livelihoods and food security of millions of people who depend on the Coral Triangle.
The CT Atlas is housed in WorldFish through its Reefbase database which was created in the 1990s.
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