CTI-CFF SOM-13 Generated Significant Program Actions for 2018 and Beyond

30 November 2017
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CTI-CFF SOM-13 Generated Significant Program Actions for 2018 and Beyond

# The 13th Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM-13) of Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reef, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) held in Makati City, Manila, the capital city of Philippines on 29-30 November 2017, which generated important commitments and programs for 2018 and beyond.

# SOM-13 preceded by Pre SOM-13 activities which includes meetings of Technical Working Groups (TWG), Government Working Group (GWG), Budgets and Financial Matters, Cross Cutting Initiatives, as well as University Partnership and Science Advisory Group that have been conducted on 27-28 November 2017.

MAKATI CITY, MANILA, Philippines, 30 November 2017 – A series of CTI-CFF Pre-SOM13 and SOM-13 events generated some significant decisions for the initiatives: organization’s working programs for 2018; Official new appointment of Deputy Executive Director (DED) of Program Services; Acknowledgement and consideration of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) application as a new member of CTI-CFF Development Partners (subject for approval in the upcoming Ministerial Meeting); and status of the progress of Technical Working Groups and Cross Cutting Themes in achieving Regional Plan Of Action goals and targets.

Other important decisions made includes the acknowledgement on the development of cooperation arrangement in the framework of CTI-CFF to support RPOA implementation by utilizing the platforms of CTI-CFF University Partnership and project collaboration(s).

The events also marked the new leaderships of Philippines, respectively for their Chairmanship of CTI Council of Ministers (CTI-COM) and Chairmanship of CTI Committee of Seniors Officials (CTI-CSO) for 2 (two) years following the handover of Chairmanship from Papua New Guinea in the 6th Ministerial Meeting in Port Moresby, PNG in November 2016.

The 16th Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary of the Philippines/Environment Secretary, who is also the current Chair of CTI-COM Roy A. Cimatu, in his keynote speech delivered by Undersecretary and Chief of Staff, Usec. Rudolfo Garcia, called on the importance of the 13th SOM: “Every gathering of countries that prioritizes the protection of marine and coastal resources is a welcome opportunity to do our share to improve the lives of people who depend on these resources”. In his speech, he also mentioned the importance of this SOM to measure the progress of the RPOA which runs from 2010 up to 2020, in which he also noted the needs to look beyond 2020 to implement the long term goals and alignment with the existing commitments and conventions.

Meanwhile, Widi A. Pratikto, Ph.D, the Executive Director of CTi-CFF, said: “The emerging challenges to safeguard the Coral Triangle region from climate change, acceleration of marine environment degradation, decreasing fish stock are enormous” noting the urgency of immediate and strategic actions to address the challenges.

“It is essential that each respective CT6 country to work hand-in-hand to formulate and agree the applicable program(s) or policy(-ies) on the ground – not only to intervene the destruction acceleration processes, but also to mitigate the impact to the people’s livelihoods. That’s why the SOM-13 decisions are essentials to uplift the emerging issues into actions.”

On another part, SOM-13 officially highlighted the importance in reevaluating the Regional Plan of Action that will due in 2020, as CT6 member states work together with CTI-CFF Development Partners and collaborators led by the Australian Government.

The meeting also discussed the progress of cooperation agreements with the CTI-CFF Development Partners, including the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Australian Government, Conservation International (CI), Coral Triangle Centre (CTC), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

CTI-CFF collaborators Gesellschaft für InternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), also present their progress on the updates for the existing collaboration arrangement.


The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI -CFF) is a multilateral partnership of six countries working together to preserve marine resources and coastal, and focuses on some key issues such as food security, climate change, and marine biodiversity. CTI-CFF was established formally in the Leaders’ Summit in 2009 with approval of the leaders in six countries, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste (CT6) to adopt CTI Regional Plan of Action (CTI RPOA) which is a strategic action plan that divided into several working groups that deal with (i) Management of seascapes (ii) an ecosystem -based fisheries management (iii) marine protected areas (iv) climate change adaption, and (v) management of the endangered species.

About Regional Secretariat
Regional Secretariat of the CTI-CFF mandated to promote regional cooperation, knowledge sharing, and learning facilities which include six member countries of the Coral Triangle. Regional Secretariat coordinates and monitor the progress of Regional Action Plan CTI-CFF (RPOA) objectives. The main activities of RS include the development of the organization, the achievement of objectives and communication, coordination and regional mechanisms, technical and thematic working groups, development of key reports on a regional level, as well as capacity building. Regional Secretariat also serves as the main workspace of CTI-CFF official functions such as CTI-CFF Annual Senior Officials Meeting, and biannual Ministerial Meeting. Regional Secretariat is currently based at the Regional Secretariat permanent office in Manado, North Sulawesi.

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