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Jakarta Post

Protecting coastal communities from climate change

  • Freddy Numberi and James Leape


Jakarta   /   Thu, May 14 2009   /  09:22 am

This week, an unprecedented alliance of six leaders whose nations make up the Coral Triangle will take to the international stage at the World Ocean Conference (WOC) in Manado to demonstrate their resolve to build a future that does not leave their coastal communities vulnerable to the coming dangers of climate change. Joining forces in the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security, the leaders of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands will highlight the urgent need to address the poverty afflicting their coastal peoples, and to protect them from further hardships associated with a changing climate. Nowhere is the need to act on climate change seen more starkly than in the remarkable marine region known as the Coral Triangle. This 6-million-square-kilometer area straddling the In...