Taking Stock of the CTI-CFF Program’s Progress and Future DirectionsCatch of the Week
The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) has made remarkable progress yet much work still needs to be done. A number of technical and implementation gaps exist at the level of the Regional Plan of Action (RPOA) as well as the respective National Plans of Action (NPOAs). The report – Stock-Take of CTI-CFF Programs and Projects, particularly the Annexes, provides detailed updates.
The stock-take, conducted between May and October 2014, and updated in April 2015, has identified a number of lessons learned and some future directions for this initiative.
Firstly, there is a need to establish an overarching framework, or “system”, preferably a watershed-river basin-coastal area, or similar approach and to codify the system along the lines of other international standards. Another significant factor is to make capacity development more market-driven using blended learning and other techniques, create conditions for scaling up implementation of best practices, technologies, action plans and strategies, and accelerate investments in soft and hard infrastructure relevant to an ocean-based “blue economy” (a number of sectors and sub-sectors are illustrated).
The report also recommends leveraging more private sector participation in the CTI-CFF plans of action, and importantly, demonstrate socio-economic and environmental benefits of investments in the CTI-CFF, as well as find ways to share actionable knowledge through seamless and inter-operable information and communications platforms.
With respect to the emerging CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat, the report concludes that: “In a region where most countries are looking at a reasonably positive economic growth outlook, and where the ‘institutional space’ is crowded, two of the fundamental challenges for the CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat will be to clarify and communicate its value added contribution to stakeholders, and to distinguish its niche as a technical cooperation agency with a viable, demand driven service model.”
To date, around $660 million has been invested directly in the CTI-CFF by multilateral and bilateral agencies, which includes about $73.5 million in grants provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The Asian Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Australian and German Governments are among the major supporters of these programs.
National and sub-national governments need to find ways to increase their share of investments. Steps in this direction would be to finalize costing of national plans of action, meet obligations for annual “assessed contributions” for the CTI-CFF Operations Plan and Budget, and raise the profile of the CTI-CFF, from what many perceive to be a ‘fisheries conservation’ initiative, to one that is inextricably linked to sustainable economic development.
Progress of the CTI-CFF since 2009 has been remarkable, despite the challenges of coordinating actions, unifying institutional stakeholders and securing constructive partnerships over a large and diverse area.
The Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) 10, hosted in Dili, Timor Leste, 5-7 November acknowledged the Stock Take of CTI-CFF Programs and Projects Final Report and recommend that CTI project pipeline for future investments be guided by the recommendations contained therein.” This was based on deliberations in the context of the Financial Resources Working Group (FRWG) and their recommendation to the CTI-CSO for SOM10.
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