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Jakarta Post

Copenhagen deal: The Coral Triangle's chance to survive

  • Fitrian Ardiansyah and Richard Leck


Jakarta   /   Tue, November 3 2009   /  01:06 pm

Water covers almost 71 percent of the surface of our planet Earth, with our five oceans - including the Indian and Pacific - containing 97.2 percent of the Earth's water. Unfortunately, scientists report that climate change is rapidly transforming these oceans and may result in devastating impacts on people and marine species. The Coral Triangle (CT), the world's center of marine life located along the equator at the confluence of the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean, is now under extreme threat from climate change as well as escalating local and regional environmental pressures. Not only is the region one of the world's most amazing natural marvels comprising valuable marine environments as well as a much sought-after tourist destination, it also provides a daily income to hundreds of millions of people in Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Solom...