Achieving Shared Objectives in the Coral Triangle of the PacificCatch of the Week
Participants from the five member countries of the Coral Triangle Pacific region, together with technical experts and representatives from civil society, met at ADB’s Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, Australia on 12¬–16 October 2015 to discuss the project on Strengthening Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle of the Pacific (Phase II).
The group reviewed lessons learned and best practices during technical assistance activities over the last four years and discussed subprojects and their implementation in the next two years, in view of a 26-month extension of the project.
The participants noted some of the factors in successful subprojects, including community engagement in carrying out subproject activities, which is critical to promote ownership and sustainability of actions; due recognition of traditional laws and governance that foster understanding, cooperation, and partnerships between the community and government; and effective collaboration and synergies of the subprojects with other government projects.
Some of the issues that hampered project activities, such as delays in contracting and procurement, unclear reporting needs, and limited capacity of some groups, will be overcome by new implementation arrangements for the coming two years.
Marilou Drilon, ADB Senior Natural Resources Economist, explained that ADB will provide in-house expertise, simplify partnership arrangements, and work directly with on-the-ground NGOs in project activities. “This will enable us to monitor progress and respond to any problems in a more efficient and timely manner,” she added.
As agreed at the meeting, in the coming weeks, subprojects for the two years will be refined and endorsed, and NGOs to carry out subprojects will be selected.
The project involves Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, and Vanuatu.
“This technical assistance project has strong potential to make a significant contribution to improving the relevance and effectiveness of the Coral Triangle Initiative by strengthening national and community institutions in sustainable coastal management; increasing the resilience of coastal ecosystem management; creating opportunities to apply best practices in resources management; and generating and disseminating knowledge for policy and decision makers and other relevant stakeholders,” said Andrea Iffland, Regional Director of the ADB Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office.