1

People and ecosystems

Understanding of the links between coral reef ecosystems, the goods and services they provide to people, and the wellbeing of human societies.

2

Ecosystem dynamics: past, present and future

Examining the multi-scale dynamics of reefs, from population dynamics to macroevolution

3

Responding to a changing world

Advancing the fundamental understanding of the key processes underpinning reef resilience.

Coral Triangle Initiative

Coral Triangle Initiative

Coral Reef Studies

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au

Menu Image Menu Image Menu Image Menu Image Menu Image Menu Image Menu Image
Menu
Facebook Twitter YouTube FlickR

The Coral Triangle is home to the highest diversity of marine life on earth. The region covers 5.7 million km2 and stretches across six countries (CT6):

Indonesia
the Philippines
Malaysia
Papua New Guinea
the Solomon islands
Timor Leste

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 Coral Triangle 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.

 

This official Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security regional map displays the extended economic zones in the Coral Triangle agreeable to the CT6 countries.

Cross-theme research

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoralCoE) undertakes world-best research in all six countries of the Coral Triangle. Our research explores the following broad topics in many coral reef countries of the world, including those in the Coral Triangle:

hero-3

People and Ecosystems

program2-slide1

Ecosystem Dynamics: Past, Present, Future

program3-slide1

Responding to a Changing World

 

 

 

 

Download a list of selected CoralCoE studies conducted in the Coral Triangle (2006)

Coral Triangle Initiative 2008 Workshop

At the first formal CTI senior officials meeting in Bali on 6-7 December 2007, the Australian Government was asked to provide technical and expert assistance and information exchange to the CTI. Australia agreed to do so. As the first practical example of this support, the Australian Government held a workshop in 2008 which included a focus on management and conservation of coral reefs using marine protected areas and zoning regimes. The Australian Government asked the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and the Australian Institute of Marine Science to host part of the workshop and to assist in harnessing the expertise that Australia has to offer.

Workshop material and outputs:

Draft background papers, compiled by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and the Australian Institute of Marine Science, were designed to stimulate and assist discussion between Coral Triangle countries and partners. These papers were revised in November 2008 based upon additional input from Coral Triangle country experts. Further participation through co-authorship, input and comment continues to be welcome.

Financial assistance from WWF and The Queensland Department of Tourism, Regional Development and Industry is gratefully acknowledged.

Capacity building

At various fora over 2008, marine resource managers and other experts from Coral Triangle countries discussed key challenges and problems facing their countries in achieving the goals of the Coral Triangle Initiative. Long-term and tailored capacity building was identified as a major need to be addressed. In 2009, regional staff working for non-government organisations in the Coral Triangle gathered at James Cook University campus in Townsville for an informal meeting around the potential role of a central education, training and knowledge building hub within Australia to support capacity building within the Coral Triangle.

Meeting material and outputs:

Seminars

More
Australian Research Council Pandora

Partner Research Institutions

Partner Partner Partner Partner
Coral Reef Studies

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au