Raising awareness in the Coral Triangle

IPBC members Australia and Conservation International held an awareness-raising and knowledge sharing workshop on blue carbon last week in Tagaytay, Philippines. The workshop was held for government and academic members of the Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group (CCA TWG) of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF).

The CTI-CFF is a multilateral partnership of six countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste – working together to sustain marine resources in the region.

The workshop focused on strengthening understanding of coastal blue carbon ecosystems and the challenges and opportunities for advancing knowledge, policy implementation and projects, particularly in the Coral Triangle region.

Government policy makers, local experts from academia, and project implementers represented the six countries and CTI-CFF development partners (NGOs, financing institutions, and others) to deliver presentations, breakout tasks and plenary discussions. Participants identified priority areas for future collaboration across the region, and opportunities to share experiences with other countries who are at different stages of taking up action on blue carbon.

The workshop group visited the nearby Calatagan Mangrove Forest to learn about identifying mangrove and seagrass species, collecting samples and measuring carbon storage.

The full workshop report is available on the CTI-CFF website here.