April 24-26, 2018 – The Philippines, through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), hosted the first Threatened Species Working Group (TSWG) Regional Exchange of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) at the Eastwood Richmonde Hotel in Quezon City. Experts from Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste gathered to exchange knowledge and experiences that would lead toward a concrete action plan on improving the status of priority threatened species within the Coral Triangle.
CTI-CFF identified marine turtles, sharks and rays, and marine mammals as the priority species for the region. In recognition of this, the TSWG came together to develop action plans through consolidating available global, regional, and national information on species conservation status, and appropriate regional strategic actions to protect these animals.
The CTI monitoring and evaluation system was reviewed specifically to align with the identified threatened species. GIZ recommended the adoption of results-based monitoring system as the model evaluation framework with indicators matching appropriately to priority species groups. Harmonizing these indicators with other CTI-CFF goals was also discussed.
The Regional Exchange was followed by the Threatened Species Working Group Meeting, chaired by Papua New Guinea, to officially adopt the recommendations and next steps in pursuing the 2018 roadmap of the working group.
The meeting was supported by the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape Project of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) with funding from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. The project supports countries in the protection and management of the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape and the Coral Triangle regions. (SSS/ John Toledo & Marion Daclan)