Summary of Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI), Cairns, Australia – 14th July.

The six nations of the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) presented their inaugural reports at the Sebel Hotel in Cairns on Saturday. Common themes featured in all the State of the Coral Triangle Reports (SCTRs) –

  • Additional government funding,
  • Over-fishing,
  • Destructive fishing practices such as reef blasting, pollution,
  • Climate change
  • Coastal population growth and the resulting strain on food security.
Prof-Bob-Pressey

Prof Bob Pressey

Professor Bob Pressey, member of the Science Panel giving his presentation on the State of the Coral Triangle Reports of Malaysia and Timor-Leste

The Coral Triangle Initiative was founded in 2009 by six countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor- Leste. It covers 5.7m square kilometres of oceans and coast.

Representatives of each nation gave their respective reports at the Australian meeting – the first time a CTI gathering had been hosted by a non-member.

Food security, marine protection and sustainable economic activity continued to be the priorities of the CTI, said Dr Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad, of Malaysia, who opened the SCTR meeting on behalf of the Chair of the CTI Council of Ministers.

She praised delegates for their contribution to the recent Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, adding that the “science and policy interface is very important and has to be at the centre stage of the agenda”.

Pavit Ramachandran, an environmental specialist at the Asian Development Bank, said CTI countries faced the challenge of “sustainable financing”.

It was a prerequisite for members to “look at the financial value of the argument” in order to gain greater fiscal support. He praised the group’s focus on “sound science and evidence-based practices”.

Group-Shot-of delegates-Cairns

Group-Shot-of delegates-Cairns

Mr. Pavit Ramachandran (Environment Specialist, Southeast Asia Department, Asian Development Bank),

Dr. Dirhamsyah (National CTI Coordinating Committee, Indonesia),

Prof. Dr. Nor Aieni Haji Binti Mokhtar (National CTI Coordinating Committee, Malaysia),

Ms. Abbie Trinidad (Payment  for Ecosystem Services Specialist and  Team Leader of the Regional  Cooperation on Knowledge Management, Policy,  and Institutional Support  to the Coral Triangle Initiative),

Dato’ Dr. Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad (Deputy Secretary General (Policy), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia), a participant, and

Dr. Suseno Sukoyono (Executive Chair, CTI-CFF Interim Regional Secretariat)

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