A total of one hundred and fifty delegates are expected to arrive in Honiara by this weekend for the 15th Senior Officials meeting co-hosted by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and Ministry of Environment.
Officials from member countries which includes Solomon Islands will look at issues pertaining to Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security when the meeting opens on Monday. The meeting begin on November 4 and concludes on November 8, 2019.
The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs,Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) is a multilateral partnership of Six countries working together to sustain extraordinary marine and coastal resources by addressing crucial issues such as food security, climate change and marine biodiversity. The meeting will be co-hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology and the Ministry of Fisheries and MarineResources.
In 2009, a Leaders Declaration signed by the six countries, paved the way to establish a cooperation between member countries, a first of its kind. The declaration focuses on food securitythrough sustainable management of marine natural resources, taking into consideration climate changeimpacts.
At the 2009 Summit, the six governments agreed on a 10 year Plan of Action that will enhance th estrengthening the management of seascapes, promote an ecosystem approach to fisheries management, improve an effective management of marine protected areas, improve coastal community resilience to climate change and protect threatened species. It was agreed that member parties will make efforts to
apply people centred biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, poverty reduction and equitable benefit sharing. It also seeks to address both poverty reduction through economic development, food security, sustainable livelihoods for coastal communities and biodiversity conservation through the protection of species, habitats and ecosystems.
Despite their known significant value of coral reef ecosystems, the Coral Triangle are among the most threatened in the world. The risk of overfishing, land based pollution and coastal development stands at approximately 95%. There is also the threat of climate change and ocean acidification.
Since its establishment the Initiative, the member governments have progressed and have established the Regional Secretariat of the Coral Triangle Initiative-Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF), now an International Organisation.
Solomon Islands national implementation is led by the two Ministries – Environment and Fisheries. The Solomon Islands National Plan of Action (2019) frames the regional goals of the Initiative under a national framework for community based resource management (or CBRM). Working with its partners and Provincial Governments, both Ministries are supporting coastal communities to sustainably use and manage their marine and coastal resources amidst the challenges of the country’s growing demand for natural resources, need for income, livelihoods, economic development and climate change impacts.