The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security and an Australian Government seminar to support the Coral Triangle Initiative: Coral Reef Protection and Management
The 5.7 million km2 of the Coral Triangle (CT) is home to the highest diversity of marine life on earth. This region stretches across six countries: Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon islands and Timor Leste (CT6).
This extraordinary marine biological resource directly sustains the lives of over 120 million people and benefits millions more world-wide. Unfortunately, the marine-based natural resources of the CT and the economic and social benefits they generate are at risk, threatened by a range of factors that combined are causing a situation of crisis that only a transformational approach to marine resource management can resolve.
In August 2007, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia wrote to other country leaders proposing a new Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security. Responding positively, the six governments (listed above) met in a first formal CTI Senior Officials Meeting in Bali on 6-7 December 2007 agreeing on, amongst other things, a framework for a CTI Plan of Action” to be developed during 2008 and adopted at the highest political levels: