Coral Triangle Initiative Promotes Conservation and Marine Biodiversity

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
November 6, 2009
Fish Swim Above Coral Reef at Pearl and Hermes Atoll

About the Authors: Phillip Loosli serves as Environment, Science, Technology and Health Officer at U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur and Kelly Milton serves in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.

Senior officials from the six nations of the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security adopted the Coral Triangle Initiative regional governance structure at the fourth Senior Officials Meeting held October 20-22 in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Senior officials confirmed how the six CTI countries will collectively conserve and manage the world’s epicenter of marine biodiversity as well as established guidelines for establishing a permanent secretariat. Officials also agreed to issue a joint CTI statement to highlight ocean and coastal concerns to be delivered at the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) this December in Copenhagen. These major outcomes and further discussion regarding the location of the permanent secretariat will be presented for endorsement at the Second Ministerial Meeting to occur in Ghizo, the Solomon Islands, from November 18-19, 2009.

The Coral Triangle Initiative constitutes a collaboration of six nations that inhabit the world’s largest concentration of coral reefs and marine biodiversity, which includes the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, and Papua New Guinea. This 5.7 million square km. area of ocean and islands supports the livelihood for 120 million people and food for many more. The area is threatened by over- and destructive fishing, land- and sea-based pollution, and climate change. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono initiated the Coral Triangle Initiative on the sidelines of the December 2007 Bali UNFCCC climate change talks. The Heads of State from the six Coral Triangle countries formally endorsed the implementation of the CTI Regional Plan of Action at the 2009 CTI Summit in Manado, Indonesia, this past May.



Long I.
November 6, 2009

LBI writes:

It's great to see that we start to step up the conservation of the marine life it's not like it's important or anything.

Virginia, USA
November 6, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:


1. Each country should be accountable and responsible for making work for it's people. It should not be the United States Magic Wand to repair everyones problems. We have enough problems in our own country to deal with on a daily basis. Where is the support from the World Leaders on what they are doing to make JOBS?

2. I have a newsflash for everyone and that is if the economy does not change, policies are not mended to reflect what work needs to be done, if prices at local markets do not come down, or gas prices continue to rise, people will find it difficult to survive these hard times.

3. You can't continue borrow money from other countries, it's about time the United States stands on it's own two feet. Our Nation should find a way to pay back what we owe to China and other countries, the sooner the better.

4. The people who created the North Atlantic Free Trade, pretty much destroyed our Factories, our Manufacturing, and our JOBS here in the United States of America. When Mexico can drive those 18-wheeler trucks across our borders with goods that our country could be producing, while illegals continue crossing our borders in the USA and sending money back to Mexico illegally should be dealth with, anytime an illegal works, makes money and sends it home, something is wrong with this picture. They are taking American jobs away, while giving the money to another country.

5. I know what would create jobs in the United States and the world. Millions of jobs and it would also give our country a chance to get out of this reccession the news keeps saying we left but did we? Look around, people loss over 190,000 jobs last month alone. No new contracts, No new JOBS.

6. The biggest problem in the country is, we have far too many vehicles on the road. Were consuming too much energy, the only way were going to help create jobs, is when we change the method of how we get from one point to another, and doing it with trains, busses which carry hundreds of passengers, not 24 or 26 maximum capacity. Rules and Laws need to be changed in order for the public to have busses to be the size of trains that can carry 300-400 passengers at one time. This would remove 200-300 vehicles off the road for each car which is guzzling gas. For everyone bus that carries 400 people, just imagine the cost savings from one state to another on those long trips. A diesel 18 Wheeler with a bus train of 10 coach vehicles would be far cheaper on the highways then say 400 or a thousand vehicles all burning gas.

United States
November 6, 2009

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes:

Forget jobs.
Humans are no longer important.
The fish need to be governed.
The oceans are failed states.
Someone has to defend the coral reefs from terrorism.


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