The Coral Triangle Initiative for Coral Reefs, Fish eries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) successfullyconcluded last 30 March 2012 theRegional Exchange on Designing and Supporting National and Regional Marine Protected Area (MPA) Systems in the Coral Triangle.The event was held to address Goal 3 (MPAsestablished and effectively managed)of the CTI-CFF Regional Plan of Action (RPOA) and,specifically,to initiate the process of developing a framework for a Coral Triangle MPA System (CTMPAS). The CTI countries and partners identified this as a priority activity to support the development of aregional MPA system that contributes to the following action items under Goal 3 of the CTI-CFF RPOA:
Action 1 (Jointly establish overall goals, objectives, principle, and operational design elements for a CoralTriangle MPA System [CTMPAS] centered around priority MPA networks) and Action 3 ( Build capacity for effective management of the CTMPAS).
The RPOA defines CTMPAS as “composed of prioritizedindividual MPAs and networks of MPAs that are connected, resilient, and sustainably financed, and designed in ways that (i) generate significant income, livelihoods, and food security benefits for coastal communities; and (ii) conserve the region’s rich biological diversity.”CTI-CFF member countries include Indonesia, Malaysia, PapuaNew Guinea (PNG), the Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor Leste, which are often collectively called the CT6. Held in Sanur, Indonesia from 26 March 2012, the four-and-a-half-day event was hosted by the Government of Indonesia through its CTI-CFF National Coordinating Committee (NCC) and the Coral Triangle Center (CTC), with assistance from USCTI and the CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat. It was the third MPA regional exchange organized so far under CTI-CFF, the second regional exchange to focus on MPA network and system design, and the first to substantively deal with the development of CTMPAS. It consisted of workshop sessions and expert and case study presentations, and included a visit to a local MPA network. A total of 53 participants, including 14 official delegates from five of the CT6, attended