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Courtesy visit by the CTI-CFF Regional Office

9 November 2018

MIMA had the pleasure to receive Dr Hendra Yusran Siry, the Interim Director for the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Regional Secretariat based in Manado, Indonesia. The meeting was chaired by Dr Rizal Abdul Kadir, Deputy Director General of MIMA and attended by researchers from MIMA’s Centre for Coastal and Marine Environment (CMER). Representatives from the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) as the national focal point, also joined the discussion.

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During the meeting

Formed in 2009, the CTI-CFF is a multilateral partnership of six regional countries i.e., Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste striving to collectively sustain coastal and marine resources by addressing issues such as food security, climate change, and marine biodiversity.

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The CTI area (source: http://www.coraltriangleinitiative.org/about )

This unique platform allows member states to address food security through sustainable management of the marine resources, taking into consideration also climate change impacts, amongst others. The five main goals included in the cooperative engagement include (i) Seascapes, (ii) Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management, (iii) Marine Protected Areas, (iv) Climate Change Adaptation, and (v) Threatened Species.

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Group pic of representatives from CTI-CFF Regional Office, the NCC and MIMA 

The meeting looked at further exploring potential cooperation with MIMA, under the guidance of the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) in the area of marine conservation and management programmes and initiatives.

MIMA looks forward to further supporting the NCC and the respective Technical Working Groups (TWGs) established to address the aims and targets of the CTI Goals especially in terms of cross cutting issues, including stakeholders’ involvement, addressing marine pollution, and climate-change related aspirations.

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