Protecting The World’s Oceans: From Vision to ActionTools
This publication is a summary of the major and recurring themes discussed during the World Ocean Conference (WOC) and Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) Summit held in Manado, Indonesia, in 2009.
Climate change threatens the world’s oceans, but nations have yet to agree on the best way to respond, delaying an opportunity to bequeath a better world to future generations.
WOC 2009 was the first major international event to bring together ocean and climate change experts. Speakers at the event, held in Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia from 11-15 May 2009, highlighted the issues surrounding the role oceans play in climate change and emphasized that these issues must be heard at imminent, and crucial, global climate change talks.
Country delegates at the conference threshed out the Manado Ocean Declaration, which recognizes that oceans play a pivotal role in the global climate system and in moderating its weather systems.
Immediately following the conference, the President of Indonesia and Heads of State of the five other Coral Triangle countries – Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste – formally launched the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI). The initiative was the beginning of a long-term collaborative effort to protect and preserve the rich marine biodiversity in the six Coral Triangle nations, and to help coastal communities adapt to climate change.
The heads of state signed the Coral Triangle Leaders’ Declaration, which sees nations commit to promoting the sustainable management of marine and coastal resources in their region and to safeguard its vast resources.
The report of the WOC 2009, published by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) through the cooperation of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia, goes well beyond listing the usual proceedings, and instead highlight key issues raised and concrete recommendations put forward by some of the more than 3,000 researchers, scientists, educators, and ocean experts from 74 countries who attended.
• Message from the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia
• Executive Summary
• Summary Report on the World Ocean Conference Main Events
• Oceans and Climate Change: Key Issues and Recommendations for Action
ISBN: 978-971-561-867-0 (print)