Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape (SSS) countries reiterated the need to continue and further develop the collaboration within the Sulu-Sulawesi under the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food security (CTI-CFF). On July 3-6, 2018, the Philippine government hosted the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape Regional Convergence Meeting in Cebu City to gather ideas for setting up a coordination mechanism that would help them pursue the goals of CTI-CFF.
After recognizing the common issues and synergies within the seascape, the delegates came up with recommendations to create a sub-regional working group within the CTI-CFF cooperation. Having a coordination mechanism in place would facilitate exchanges of ideas and lessons learned, and possibly develop common frameworks to strengthen seascapes work.
As a show of unity, the countries signed a joint communique to the CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat to reiterate the importance of sustaining the collaboration within the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape. The seascapes work includes coming up with a Sulu-Sulawesi Ecosystem Approach on Fisheries Management Framework Plan, which was also reviewed during the convergence meeting.
The meeting was organized by the CTI-CFF Seascape Working Group with support from the United States Agency for International Development Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans), Conservation International Philippines, and the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape Project, in behalf of the Federal German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. (SSS/ John Christian Toledo)