The team implementing the Regional Technical Assistance (RETA) on Strengthening Coastal and Marine Resource Management in the Coral Triangle of the Pacific (CT Pacific) has reviewed the RETA’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system to ensure that its indicators of Coral Triangle health remain aligned with updated country and regional development frameworks.
Coral Triangle Pacific Team Visits Mangrove Conservation Park in the Philippines for Knowledge Exchange
Mangroves perform critical functions in the marine ecosystem. They grow along coastlines, lagoons, and estuaries—areas where no other trees can. They provide a unique and irreplaceable habitat for some birds, mammals, crustaceans, and fish, and protect the shoreline against damage from storms.
Coordination, Linkages, Synergies and Capacities take center-stage in CT Pacific's Implementation Review
Xianbin Yao, ADB Director General for the Pacific, opened the Coral Triangle Pacific annual implementation review workshops held in Manila on 23 -26 April 2013. The technical assistance forms part of one of three ADB regional technical assistance projects in support of the Coral Triangle Initiative.
The Coral Triangle Pacific Project welcomes Dr. Raoul Cola (Philippines), who signed on, effective 9 April 2013, as ANZDEC’s new Regional Program Manager/Team Leader for the CT Pacific Project (funded under ADB RETA 7753 Strengthening Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle of the Pacific - Phase 2).
Workshop on knowledge management tools gets full support from Indonesia CTI National Coordinating Committee
The Indonesia National Coordinating Committee led by Executive Secretary Mr. Victor Nikijuluw and 30 representatives from the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Ministry of the Environment, LIPI, NCC Secretariat and Working Groups, USAID, and COREMAP 3 attended a workshop on knowledge management (KM) tools on 10-11 April 2013 at Acacia Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia.
The Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle—Southeast Asia (CTI-SEA) organized a three-day training course on fisheries law enforcement for municipal and barangay officials in Balabac, Palawan on 18-20 March 2013.
The first Roundtable Discussion on Using the Conditional Cash Transfer as Initiatives for Coastal and Marine Management injected energy to participating project implementers after learning that they can access funding through the government’s cash-for-work program.
Multi-stakeholder Approach to Empowering Coastal Communities in Kimbe Bay, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Kimbe Bay, located in West New Britain Province, off the northern coast of New Britain in Papua New Guinea, is home to some of the most ecologically significant shallow and deepwater marine habitats in the Coral Triangle. More than 60% of the Indo-Pacific’s coral species and more than 860 species of reef fish are found in this 9,800 square kilometer area. Kimbe Bay is one of the priority sites identified by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Pacific Department under its Regional Technical Assistance 7753: Strengthening Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle of the Pacific (Phase 2).
Bappeda (Regional Development and Planning Agency) and the Provincial Marine and Fisheries Service (MFS) confirmed the project sites for CTI-SEA in Indonesia during the 10-day visit of the Project Management Unit from 6 to 15 January 2013. Mr. Daniel Monintja (Deputy Team Leader), Ms. Anggara Kasih (Climate Change Specialist), and Mr. Muhammad Effendi (GIS Specialist) visited four districts and discussed the scope and activities of each sub-project with the district governments.
In conjunction with the 3rd Coral Triangle Regional Business Forum (3rd RBF) in Bali on 24-26 March 2013, the Organizing Committee has designed Road to 3rd CT RBF to stimulate public awareness of the Forum by conducting Journalist Writing Competition and Youth Essay Competition.
Five consultants from the Strengthening Sound Environmental Management in the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area – CTI Map Enhanced Decision Support (CTI MEDS) conducted a workshop in Dili, Timor-Leste to introduce two softwares aimed to help in fisheries management decision-making
The Balabac local government unit, Palawan Council For Sustainable Development, and Office of the Provincial Agriculturist finalised the arrangements with CTI-SEA Philippines for the Balabac Law Enforcement Training scheduled on 18-21 March 2013.
Representatives from the Philippines, Mongolia, Indonesia, Japan, and Papua New Guinea shared the results of their disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) projects as well as experiences and lessons learned during a seminar sponsored by the World Bank on 17 January 2013 at the Taipan Building in Ortigas Center.
Mr. Raul Roldan, Deputy Team Leader for CTI SEA-Philippines, introduced the project to the Municipal Planning and Development Officer of Balabac, Palawan during a meeting on 20 November 2012. He discussed the national projects that were intended for the area as well as possible institutional arrangements.
Mr. Simon Tiller (29 March 1947 – 07 February 2013) The CTI Pacific Community mourns the passing of Mr. Simon Tiller on 7 February 2013. Simon was the Team Leader of the Asian Development Bank Regional Technical Assistance on Strengthening Coastal and Marine Resources in the Coral Triangle of the Pacific from October 2011 until the time of his passing.
PRIMEX Project Director Elvira Ablaza together with Team Leader and Project Management Specialist Mr. Guillermo L. Morales and other five PRIMEX consultants attended the twoday inception workshop for the ADB/GEF-funded Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle-Southeast Asia (CTI Southeast Asia) at Promenade Hotel, Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia on 4-5 September 2012.
Mr. Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, one of the world’s leading experts in Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES), challenged the Coral Triangle countries to pursue PES initiatives, particularly for coastal areas, during the session "Conversation in Conservation: PES and New Frontiers in Sustainable Financing" held at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria on 18 September 2012.
Four consultants from the ADB Regional Cooperation on Knowledge Management, Policy, and Institutional Support to the Coral Triangle Initiative published an article on the "Opportunities and Challenges in the Coral Triangle" in the July 2012 edition of the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology.
It's past time to tell the truth about the state of the world’s coral reefs, the nurseries of tropical coastal fish stocks. They have become zombie ecosystems, neither dead nor truly alive in any functional sense, and on a trajectory to collapse within a human generation. There will be remnants here and there, but the global coral reef ecosystem — with its storehouse of biodiversity and fisheries supporting millions of the world’s poor — will cease to be.
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) – the need for additional government funding, over-fishing, destructive fishing practices such as reef blasting, pollution, climate change, and coastal population growth and the resulting strain on food security.