Project Site: Tun Mustapha Park, Kudat-Banggi Priority Conservation Area, Borneo Island, Sabah State, Kudat, Pitas and Kota Marudu Districts, Malaysia.
Tun Mustapha Park (TMP) in Sabah, Malaysia is an 898,762 hectare MPA with more than 50 islands and islets located across Kudat, Pitas and Kota Marudu districts in Kudat-Banggi Priority Conservation Area. Situated in an area of the western Pacific Ocean, this park will help protect coral reefs, mangroves, seagrasses, and productive fishing grounds that are valuable for people in this area.
Objectives of the Project (for 5 years):
Establishment of TMP as an effectively-managed area achieved through collaborative management and environmental stewardship, implementation of Ecosystem Approaches to Fisheries Management, and implementation of a zoning plan to produce win-win outcomes both for conserving biodiversity and fostering economic activities that are compatible with ocean health and peoples well-being.
Through this five-year project, TMP will contribute towards: (i) generating income, livelihoods, and food security benefits for coastal communities; (ii) conserving the Coral Triangles rich biological diversity in Malaysia; (iii) building resilience of coastal habitats and communities to climate change and other environmental and economic impacts; iv) putting in place a sustainable financing mechanism; and iv) strengthening institutional capacity for partnership and collaborative management of TMP including research and monitoring.
A healthy marine ecosystem that continues to provide food, coastal protection, sustainable industry sectors such as fisheries, aquaculture / mariculture, ecotourism, and climate regulation are among the main expected changes to be achieved by the project.
The changes will include: reduced fishing effort on key species of fish resulting in increased fish stocks/biomass; reduced destructive activities; increased protection of critical marine habitats that lead to healthier mangroves, coral reefs, and seagrass beds; reduced disturbance and threats to iconic marine species by tourists and divers; and reduced footprint including reduced marine debris especially plastic.
As a successful model for other Coral Triangle countries and beyond, the project is expected to motivate other communities, governments, business and industry, and stakeholders to become advocates for biodiversity protection and marine conservation and establish MPAs and networks of MPAs leading to more areas of protection, sustainable management, and improved connectivity between areas and habitats.
Reporting: Annual technical and financial report
Conserving the Coral Triangles rich biological diversity in Malaysia
Building resilience of coastal habitats and communities to climate change and other environmental and economic impacts; iv) putting in place a sustainable financing mechanism
Strengthening institutional capacity for partnership and collaborative management of TMP including research and monitoring.
generating income, livelihoods, and food security benefits for coastal communities