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U.S. Coral Triangle Initiative Support Program Monthly Program Update December 2010 Supporting countries of the Coral Triangle region to manage their marine resources

Climate Change and Marine Conservation Radio Program Hits Philippine Airwaves A new radio program that aims at raising coastal communities’ awareness of climate change and marine environmental protection measures hit Phili Philippine pine airwaves in the provinces of Palawan and Mindoro in December 2010. The program, entitled Kalikasan at Buhay sa Tabing Dagat (Environment Environment and Life in the Coast), targets listeners in three Coral Triangle Support Partnership ((CTSP) CTSP) project sites that are addressing coastal and marine resource management issues. The sixteen-episode, episode, thirty-minute thirty minute radio campaign is aired every Saturday on three radio stations and will run through March 2011. Each episode features amusing dialogue dialogue,, drama, trivia, environmental tips and expert interviews. A community discussion is held in each target site after four episodes to gauge changes in the level of environmental awareness among the target listeners. CTSP, through WWF Philippines, developed and implemented the radio program in collaboration with local partners Foundation for Information Technology and Education, Foundation for the Philippine Environment and Coca Coca-Cola Cola Philippines. The material for the radio program will be replicated and distributed ributed to other radio stations and as audio-based audio based material for future marine resource management awareness campaigns in other sites. Coral Triangle Coastal Communities to Benefit from US Training on Climate Change Adaptation Measures Six months after completing an intensive 3-week course on Coastal Adaptation to Climate Change at the University of Rhode Island Islan (URI), representatives from the Coral Triangle countries are laying the groundwork to improve their communities’ capacity to adapt to climate change ch impacts. The URI training alumni have directly applied these concepts to incorporate lessons learned immediately upon their return: • In Indonesia, Ms. Zulhasni from the Ministry of Environment and Mr. Sadtopo from the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries will support local A government house in Pulau Tigabu at governments either in the northern or central coast of Java to implement the proposed Tun Mustapha Park. policies and vulnerability assessments to ensure that coastal residents can Coastal structures stand to benefit from adapt to hazards caused by climate change, change such as coastal erosion and rising stronger climate change adaptation measures sea levels. • Dr. Saleh, a researcher and lecturer at the Borneo Marine Research Institute at the th University Malaysia Sabah has added elements of climate change vulnerability analysis in her research on Sabah’s coastal ecosystem, specifically within the proposed Tun Mustapha Park. She will be assisted by other URI alumni from Malaysia Dr. Dacho from the Department of Fisheries Sabah, Dr. Lakim of Sabah Parks and Ms. Raja Sharif from the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation. Innovation CTSP and WWF Malaysia’s Robecca Jumin will also assist in the field work. By including climate change vulnerability parameters, the researchers ers aim to help 80,000 coastal inhabitants in the park become more resilient to climate change impacts.

Upcoming Events January-February 2011 Community Awareness Meeting, Pere Village, PNG, Jan. 17-21 Spatial Planning Training for MPA Design using MARXAN Software, Sabah, Malaysia, Jan. 24-26 CTSP EAFM and Integration Meetings, Hawaii, USA, Jan. 25-28 Honorary Wildlife Warden Award Ceremony, Kudat, Malaysia, Feb. 14 Second EAFM Training, Port Moresby, PNG, Feb. 21-25 Reef Check Training for Lok Dangkaan & Malubang Communities, Pitas, Malaysia, Feb. 24-25 For more events, log on to the CTI Partner Portal

CTI Partner Portal The CTI Partner Portal is a web-based platform to support information sharing and online planning and collaboration among partners supporting the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI). Visit and log on using coral as username and triangle as password.

• Finally, in the Solomon Islands, Ms. Karamui from the Ministry of Environment Conservation and Mr. Tua of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Affairs helped conduct the country’s first ever Climate Change Vulnerability and A fisherman’s village in Malaita, Solomon Adaptation Assessment Islands is highly vulnerable to sea-level rise Workshop. This is the first step in and climate change hazards building the framework for a climate change adaptation strategy in the Solomon Islands specifically focused on the marine sector. Wakatobi Regent Wins Indonesia Tourism Award The Culture and Tourism Ministry in Indonesia has awarded Hon. Hugua, the Regent of Wakatobi, the prestigious Tourism Award for 2010 for developing his district as a major eco-tourism destination. The award is given annually to district heads and mayors in Indonesia who have successfully developed and promoted the country’s tourism sector at the local and international level. Roughly 20,000 visitors visited Wakatobi in 2010, a sharp increase from 5,000 the previous year. The increase in tourism arrival is credited to the successful management of the province’s 1.39 million hectare Wakatobi National Park, a popular diving site and the third largest marine park in Indonesia. The park is also one of the country’s highest priorities for marine conservation. The US CTI Support Program is providing technical assistance to the local government of Wakatobi to improve the management of its marine park and showcase the area as a model to for other marine A beach front in Wangi-Wangi Island, Wakatobi, Indonesia is a tourist favorite protected areas in the region.

What’s New?

USAID FISH Project Team Joins US CTI Support Program Lead technical specialists from USAID’s Fisheries for Improved  US CTI Support Program Updated Sustainable Harvest (FISH) Project will join the US CTI Support Activities Calendar January – February 2011 Program’s efforts to assist Coral Triangle countries in managing the region’s marine and coastal resources. The team will develop a training  Consolidated list of national holidays curriculum for local government associations and improve the capacity in the Coral Triangle countries of local chief executives in the Coral Triangle in providing integrated marine and coastal management (IMCM) as a basic local government service. The team has more than ten years of experience in strengthening IMCM in the Philippines through the FISH Project and its Join us on Facebook predecessor the Coastal Resources Management Program. USAID’s highly successful FISH Project, which ended in December 2010, was a seven-year technical assistance project to build capacity, improve national policy framework, and develop an informed constituency for fisheries management in the Philippines. The project team has been collaborating with the US CTI Support Program for the last two years. About the US Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) Support Program The US CTI Support Program is part of the Unites States government’s commitment to promote the sustainable management of the marine and coastal resources in the Coral Triangle. In cooperation with the CT national governments and the international community, this five-year program provides technical assistance and helps build capacity to address critical issues including food security, climate change, and marine biological diversity. To get a copy of the monthly update, send an email to For more details about the program, visit

US CTI Support Program Monthly Update Dec. 2010  

US CTI Support Program Monthly Update Dec. 2010

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