Monday, December 27, 2010

Managing Pacific coral resources against climate change

Solomon Times Online (Solomon Islands): The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) are helping five Pacific countries manage their marine resources in the Coral Triangle. The project is part of ADB's commitment to the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) - a regional effort to preserve and manage Asia-Pacific's marine resources. ADB is coordinating the mobilization of financial support for the CTI plan of action, in consultation with development partners.

Often referred to as "the Amazon of the Seas," the Coral Triangle contains vast marine resources critical for the economic and food security of an estimated 120 million people. These resources are at immediate risk from a range of factors, including the impacts of climate change, over-fishing, and unsustainable fishing methods.

The ADB Board of Directors has approved a technical assistance of $1.15 million for Fiji Islands, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, and Vanuatu as part of the Strengthening Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle of the Pacific (Phase 2) regional technical assistance project.

Aside from the technical assistance, ADB will also provide $800,000 in grant to be sourced from the Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund under the Regional Cooperation and Financing Partnership Facility….

A coral reef in Papua New Guinea, shot by the estimable Mila Zinkova, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

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