WHAT IS CORAL TRIANGLE INITIATIVE (CTI)?

 
WHAT IS CORAL TRIANGLE INITIATIVE ON CORAL REEFS, FISHERIES AND FOOD SECURITY (CTI-CFF)?

The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF), is a regional cooperation program undertaken by six (6) member countries; Republic of Indonesia, Malaysia, Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Republic of The Philippines, Solomon Islands and Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.
 
CTI-CFF Regional Map

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Source:http://www.coraltriangleinitiative.org/cti-cff-regional-map
 
 
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In general, the CTI Malaysia area covers the Sulu Sea and the Celebes Sea. This area is also the area of ​​the Sulu Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion (SSME). However, the implementation of the CTI-CFF covers all marine waters including the South China Sea and the Strait of Malacca.

The CTI core mission are to ensure a stable and productive future for the direct and indirect beneficiaries ofmarine resources  ; i.e. the coastal communities in terms of food security, its economic viability and more importantly the marine resources and environment to ensure sustainable stream of food and income. This initiative focuses to minimise habitat degradation, to re-organise economic and social structure of the resources users, improve and ensure food security, ascertain capability and capacity to adapt to climate change and ensure sustainable rehabilitation of the coral reef areas.

 
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Source: http://www.conservation.org/conferences/
Pages/world_ocean_cti_2009.aspx

This initiative is an opportune platform for Malaysia to expand its deep sea research programs especially into the Sulu Sulawesi seas (east of Sabah waters). These deep sea research programs shall significantly add value and complete the existing national marine data centre created to support researchers for academic and commercial researches. This is in line with the Ministry’s theme of ‘Championing Scientific Discovery and Transforming Innovation’ especially to be involved in more international co-operations.  
 
Based on the suggestions made during the NCC Meeting (NCC 2/2010) on the 25th August 2010, the CTI National Secretariat (CTI-NAT) held a discussion with the Sabah State Secretary on the 2nd November 2010 and agreed upon the appointment of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) as the CTI Branch Office in Sabah (CTI-SAB). In December 2011, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed between UMS and MOSTI as official appointment of UMS to run the operation of CTI-SAB. Expenditure to generate this office is supported by MOSTI. CTI-SAB will execute responsibilities as the Branch Office for CTI matters based on approvals by NCC.