Coral Triangle Initiative Australian Support Program
by Department of the Environment and Energy (Government)
The Australian Governments most recent tranche of funding ($6 million) to the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security is designed to further the effectiveness of the six countries of the Coral Triangle (PNG, Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Malaysia, Timor Leste, Philippines), individually and collectively, in conserving the hyper-biodiverse and productive seas that are a foundation for millions of livelihoods and ecologically sustainable economic growth in the region. The objectives of the support are:
Support the further development of regional enabling conditions coordination, capacity, common priorities, economies of scale - that align and join up benefits at local and national scales in the Coral Triangle to produce positive regional impacts
Enhance the capacity for integrated management and planning of ocean and associated land to make the most efficient , sustainable and economically productive use of limited resources
Develop innovative low-cost approaches to scaling up community based resource management that can be spread using the regional architecture of the CTI-CFF.
Australias investments include:
Support to the CTI regional secretariat, which is the key coordination point for member countries on their shared regional plan of action for the Coral Triangle.
Development of a nature-based tourism brand for the Coral Triangle to incentivise improved marine management and conservation of the natural capital base. Australia is working through partners to develop baseline market studies and destination plans for pilot sites that will help in the initial work to build the CTI brand.
Australia is supporting the development of a General Model of Seascapes through the CTI Seascapes Working Group and implementation partners. This is a key priority under the CTI which will underpin the further development of integrated planning and management of large marine areas using ecosystem-based principles.
Australia is working on approaches that build capacity in Coral Triangle communities for better marine management for subsistence and small scale commercial exploitation of marine resources. These span locally managed marine areas, turtle monitoring and management, and licensed fishers at both on board and post-harvest stages.
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Destination plans for nature-based tourism for three pilot marine sites under best practice global standards will be finalised in 2017 and support the creation of a Coral Triangle sustainable tourism brand
A low-cost scalable approach for the deployment of community-based marine resources management and self-advocacy in remote coastal communities will be completed in 2018 based on pilots from countries in three Coral Triangle Countries.
A pilot extension program to improve sustainability and economic return for licensed small scale fishers in the Arafura Sea with a strategy completed in 2018 for scale up to the Coral Triangle region.
An agreed General Model for Seascapes and process for priority regional Seascapes designation including transboundary areas will be agreed by CTI Countries in 2017
Financing (in USD)
Australian government implementing agency in-kind contribution of USD $1.3 million
Time-frame: November 2014 - June 2018
Australian Department of the Environment and Energy (Government), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Government), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Government), Conservation International (NGO), The Nature Conservancy (NGO), World Wide Fund for Nature (NGO), TierraMar (Private Sector)
- Indian Ocean
- South Pacific
Nicole Coombe, Assistant Director, Pacific and Coral Triangle Section, Department of Environment and Energy, Nicole. Coombe@environment.gov.au, +61 2 6274 2021