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22 Aug 2011
The 2nd Coral Reef Management Symposium on Coral Triangle Areas

The Coral Triangle Area, consisting of the waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Brunei, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and Timor-Leste is recognized, not only as the center of world marine biodiversity, but also as the most important refuge for the world’s marine life. The region is home to more than 500 species of corals and 3,000 species of reef fishes. Most importantly, this area supports more than 200 million people.

Indonesia is located at the heart of the "The Coral Triangle" and has the largest coral reef area of any country in the world. Unfortunately, human activities have placed substantial pressures on these fragile ecosystems and have caused serious coral reef degradation, mostly through destructive fishing, overfishing, global warming, coral mining, pollution, sedimentation and nutrient depletion. As a result, only around 6 percent of the coral reefs in the country remain in very good condition.

The 2009 Manado Ocean Declaration and CTI Leaders Declaration on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security stressed the need for national strategies for sustainable management of coastal and marine ecosystems that deliver valuable goods and services and that have significant potential for addressing the adverse effects of climate change. The negotiations at Manado were contentious and focused on the environment and its relationship to national economies. The balancing of interests between economic development and natural conservation is very challenging; and requires the appropriate guidance of science, technology, and management.

The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, through the Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Program Phase II (COREMAP II), in conjunction with "Sail Wakatobi-Belitung 2011", will conduct an international symposium to discuss the abovementioned challenges on 28-30 September 2011. The symposium will bring together policy makers, scientists, NGOs and the private sector to identify solutions for coral reef issues; and be in tangent with the theme "Coral Reefs: Global Threats and Opportunities".

Detail information on the event please go to the event website:

The 2nd Coral Reef Management Symposium on Coral Triangle Areas

04 Aug 2011
1st anniversary SocMonitor issue

SocMonitor is an electronic bulletin about the Global Socio-economic Monitoring Initiative developed by Maria Pena and Christy Loper to update everyone on what is happending with socio-economic monitoring through the SocMon and SEM-Pasifika initiatives. The issues of the SocMonitor was available for access through SocMon website at publication page.

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