ADB is providing technical assistance to five Pacific countries through the project “Strengthening Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle of the Pacific (Phase II).”
The project aims to improve the resilience of coastal and marine ecosystems and prepare them to adjust to climate change. The assistance is a four-year project which runs from January 2011 to December 2014.
The objectives of the project include the following:
- strengthening the capabilities of national and local institutions in sustainable coastal and marine resources management in the five countries; and
- coastal communities’ application of best practices in ecosystem based fishery management and climate change adaptation.
Three of the five countries, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste, are in the Coral Triangle group of countries which also includes Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
The others are Fiji and Vanuatu. All five countries have common environmental concerns in climate change and biodiversity conservation under the Global Environment Facility-Pacific Alliance for Sustainability.
Project Impact and Outcome
More resilient marine and coastal ecosystems in these countries will halt and reverse the productivity decline in these systems, thus improving national food security. Capacity building efforts will also be enhanced, resulting in more effective integrated coastal resources management and making the development of coastal communities more resilient to climate change and thus more sustainable.
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