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Coral Reefs Know No International Boundaries

Source: UNEP - Fri, 9 Nov 2012 09:33 GMT
Author: UNEP News Desk
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Concerned about the Coral Triangle? The people in Southeast Asia certainly are. With ocean temperatures rising and causing bleaching to the coral, and destructive levels of commercial fishing wreaking havoc on the food chain, they have good reason to be. The Coral Triangle is a geographical term that refers to the tropical marine waters around Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. Also known as the "Amazon of the seas", the reefs, which cover 5.7 million square kilometers of ocean waters, are home to at least 3,000 marine species and sustain the lives of 120 million people. For a decade, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has made marine conservation in the region a high priority and in 2007 the organization launched the Coral Triangle Programme. But now instead of only working with countries individually, WWF helps bring countries together in an example of South-South Cooperation in order to strengthen the protection of this area. The international network of countries forming a part of the Coral Triangle can now be used to persuade governments, businesses and local populations to transform their behavior in order to make coastal livelihoods more sustainable while conserving biodiversity. Check out this unique South-South Cooperation project in more depth on the UN Environment Programme's South-South Cooperation Exchange Mechanism at: http://www.unep.org/south-south-cooperation/case/casefiles.aspx?csno=76 

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