The Coral Triangle Area, consisting of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and Timor Leste is recognized not only as the center of world marine biodiversity, but also as the most important refuge for the world’s marine life. The region is home to more than 500 coral species and 3000 species of world reef fishes. Most importantly, this area supports more than 200 million people.
Indonesia is located at the heart of “The Coral Triangle” and has the largest coral reef area of any country in the world. Unfortunately, human activities have placed substantial pressures on these fragile ecosystems and have caused serious coral reef degradation, mostly by destructive fishing, overfishing, global warming, coral mining, pollution, sedimentation and nutrients. As a result, only around 6 percent of the coral reefs in the country remain in very good condition.
The 2009 Manado Ocean Declaration and CTI Leaders’ Declaration on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security stressed the need for national strategies for sustainable management of coastal and marine ecosystems that deliver valuable goods and services and that have significant potential for addressing the adverse effects of climate change. The negotiations at Manado were contentious and were focused on the environment and its relationship to national economies. The balancing of interests between economic development and natural conservation is very challenging and requires appropriate science, technology, and management.
The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, through the Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Program (COREMAP II), in conjunction with “Sail Wakatobi-Belitung 2011”, will conduct an international symposium to discuss the above challenges on 28 – 30 September 2011. The symposium will bring together policy makers, scientists, NGO’s, and the private sector to find solutions for coral reef issues, with the theme of: “Coral Reefs: Global Threats and Opportunities”
The primary objective of the symposium is to share knowledge, information and experiences in management, academic studies, and contemporary approaches for coral reef management, including strategies for future climate change adaptation.
The Symposium Topics
- 1. Climate Change and Coral Reef Health: Coral reefs provide essential habitat for the world’s greatest marine biodiversity, as well as coastline protection, often providing first clues about marine ecosystem health because of the immediate response to environmental changes. Coral reefs are being assaulted by the effects of global warming, pollution, and damage from urban development or tourism pressure. This topic addresses the fundamental question about the correlation between climate change and coral reef health, it includes coral reef resilience and resistance to coral bleaching linked to global warming. Coral reef, climate change adaptation as well as coral reef condition, threats, and conservation in the coral triangle area will be considered.
- 2. Marine Protected Area Management and Threatened/Charismatic Species:
This topic includes the challenges for Marine Protected Area (MPA) management, including studies on essential ecosystem components. Human interactions with the environment in terms of adaptive management are an important issue within this topic. The role of MPA’s in enriching the surrounding fishing ground should be discussed under this topic. Issues related to rare or charismatic marine species should fall under this category.
- 3. Economic, Sociological and Environmental Management of Coral Reef Ecosystems: This topic addresses the fundamental questions about the correlation between economics and conservation. Topics such as integrated coastal management, community based management, sociological impacts of management policies, ecotourism, payment for environmental services (PES) and green economies should be included in this general topic.
- 4. Policy, Governance and Partnership for Coastal Management: Topics on policy and governance should cover the issues, policy needs, process, implementation and evaluation of an integrated coastal management plan. How can government, universities, private industry, and coastal communities accelerate the management and development program that will best serve these issues?
Call for Abstracts:
Abstracts should be in English.
Title should be Bold, Centered, and major words should start with capital letters.
List of authors should be centered, names of multiple authors with common affiliation are separated by commas, with “and” used before the last author.
Paper size: A4 (8.27 x 11.69 inches)
Margin: 1 inch for top and sides
Font type: Times New Roman (12 pt.)
Single spaced paragraph, double spacing between paragraphs, text fully justified.
Maximum number of words is 250
Keywords: maximum 5 relevant words
Deadline for submission
The abstract should be submitted no later than September 1st, 2011
Papers are invited on the themes outlined and others falling within the main theme and scope of the workshop. Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results and conclusions of the work described in the paper. All abstracts will be reviewed by the scientific members of the committee and judgment will be based on the relevance to themes of this workshop. Poster presentations are welcome. We strongly encourage online submission of abstracts.
Please also email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Symposium is offered to participants free of charge (participants will be selected and the number is limited to 200 only, consisting of 100 speakers and 100 non-speakers).
- Please register online no later than September 1st, 2011 at www.coral-symposium-cti.com/registration) – or send the form to the address below:
- The Organizing Committee
The 2nd Coral reef Management Symposium on Coral Triangle
C/o Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Program II (COREMAP II)
Jl. Tebet Raya No. 67C, Phone/Fax: +62-21-83794739
Jakarta Selatan 12820, INDONESIA
The announcement flyer is now available. It includes general information and registration forms and is available on the web at: www.coral-symposium-cti.com. You may also request further information by email at: email@example.com