Monday, June 23, 2008

[kgma] PGMA to push for sustainable management of Coral Triangle

WASHINGTON (via PLDT) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will make a
strong push this week for the sustainable management of the Coral
Triangle -- the epicenter of abundant marine life and diversity in the

A meeting has been scheduled at the Willard Hotel here to bring
together the private and business sectors in a multi-nation effort to
enhance and preserve the Coral Triangle that spans across Indonesia,
Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.
This extraordinary area holds the richest concentration of iridescent
corals, fish, crustaceans, mollusks and marine plants in the world.

The President is expected to call for stronger cooperation among the
stakeholders to ensure the sustainable management and conservation of
the Coral Triangle.

She has pointed out the "policy of the state to protect, conserve the
sustainable use of biological diversity to ensure and secure the
well-being of present and future generations of Filipinos.."
The Coral Triangle covers 5.7 million kilometers of ocean and matches
the richness of the Amazon rainforest.

Home to 75 percent of all coral species known to science, among them
are yellowfin tuna, skipjack tuna, bigeye tuna, bumphead parrotfish,
needlefish, Napoleon wrasse, and barracuda; six of the seven species
of marine turtles including green, hawksbill, olive ridley,
leatherback, loggerhead and flatback;

Migrating populations of whale sharks measuring up to about 20 meters,
and massive manta rays, which are attracted to the region abundant
plankton; than 3,000 species of reef fish and commercially valuable

Marine mammals such as 22 species of dolphin (including spinner,
spotted, bottlenose, and the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin), the
endangered dugong or seacow, rare Bryde's whale, short-finned pilot
whale, sperm and dwarf sperm whale, humpback and Cuvier's beaked whale.

In the Philippines, coral reefs provide an annual income estimated at
$1.6 billion per year.

The Philippines Initiative calls for concerted action among countries
within the Coral Triangle to conserve marine biodiversity, stop
habitat destruction and effectively manage their marine resources.

In 2007, the Coral Triangle Initiative, a new multilateral partnership
to help safeguard the marine and coastal resources of the Coral
Triangle for future generations—was launched.

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