New Directions in the Coral Triangle of the PacificCatch of the Week
Country representatives and program managers from five Pacific member countries of the Coral Triangle Region convened with technical experts and participants at the Pacific Regional Planning Meeting in Brisbane, Australia.
The meeting, held at the Global Change Institute of the University of Queensland from 27 to 29 April 2015, considered a range of activities that would form the second part of the ADB-sponsored regional technical assistance project: Strengthening Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle of the Pacific (Phase 2). The countries involved are Fiji, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, and Vanuatu.
The project contributes to the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI), begun in 2009 in Manado, Indonesia, to counter the many threats to the region brought about by climate change, overfishing, use of destructive fishing methods, pollution, and other strains on the fragile and globally significant ecosystems of the Coral Triangle area.
To this end, a new set of proposals for financing under the second part of the project was endorsed by participants at the meeting, which was hosted by the ADB, together with the Global Change.
A technical workgroup convened the day before the meeting to shortlist potential activities. National program managers and staff, with inputs from technical experts, established general guidelines and directions, with a clear set of selection criteria to assess the relevance and compliance of the proposed subprojects to the CTI.
“We must work together to promote and advocate a better understanding of the linkages between oceans and climate change as well as the adverse likely impacts of climate change on ecosystems, marine biodiversity, food security, and quality of life of the region’s coastal communities,” said Andrea Iffland, Director of ADB’s Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office, during her welcome remarks at the start of the meeting.
“There is a need to strengthen our partnerships and our networks for capacity building and information exchange on pressing resource management and climate change issues,” she added.
The participants agreed to include four regional activities and 12 in-country subprojects for funding under the technical assistance project. Vanuatu presented a special case in view of the recent cyclone there. The selected subprojects will be further confirmed and endorsed by the National Coordinating Committees of Coral Triangle Initiative countries (Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste, and Solomon Islands) or their equivalents in Fiji and Vanuatu.
The group expressed its thanks to the Global Change Institute, an independent source of innovative research, ideas and advice for addressing the challenges of a changing world.
Once confirmed, the selected activities and subprojects will be posted on CTKN.