The Coral Triangle is the underwater equivalent of the Amazon. It harbours more species than any other marine environment on the planet, including 76% of all coral types and more than 3000 species of fish. It encompasses an area half the size of the United States, passing through the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands & Timor L’Este. It supports the livelihoods of 120 million people, while satisfying much of the world’s appetite for seafood. It is also one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
But like the Amazon, the Coral Triangle is under grave threat. Overfishing and the use of destructive fishing techniques like dynamite and cyanide threaten to devastate these fragile coral gardens, which can take thousands of years to grow. Thn there’s the mining, oil & gas exploration and irresponsible tourism.
The online Coral Triangle Communications Platform (CTCP) will tell the story of this fertile bioregion using a multitude of voices and methods – multimedia, photography, writing, art and more. It will be a resource for people to get behind campaigns, find out about responsible tourism activities, source sustainable seafood, engage in dialogue and above all, help preserve this icon of the natural world by developing Marine Protected Areas, alternative economies, education programmes and more…
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