|We need to work as one region to save the world's coral reefs NOW.|
Coral reefs are the "rainforests of the sea." They are one of the most diverse ecosystems in the planet and our survival depends on them. Coral reefs and all species that depend on them will be wiped out unless we address the threats of pollution, habitat destruction, overfishing, and climate change.
The governments of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste – are working together in a major regional program called Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) to sustainably manage the coastal and marine resources in the Coral Triangle (CT) region. The CTI uses science to inform decision-making via the Regional Plan of Action (RPOA).
It also engages stakeholders from the six countries in the Coral Triangle region (CT6) including non-government organizations, marine research institutions, and donors to address the threats to the marine, coastal and small island ecosystems.
The RETA will align its activities with the RPOA and focus on knowledge management and communication in three technical areas namely: