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Project Brief

Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape Project

Background
The Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape, shared by Indonesia, Malaysia and the
Philippines, ranks among the most diverse and productive marine
ecosystems in the world. Located at the apex of the Coral Triangle, it is
known as the worlds center of marine biodiversity with the highest
numbers of coral, crustacean and marine plant species and about 3,000
species of fish. It is also home to the largest nesting population of green
turtles in Southeast Asia.

The marine resources in the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape face major threats


such as overfishing, destructive fishing practices, rapid population
growth, unsustainable coastal development and pollution. As a Image from Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE) Website
consequence, valuable coastal habitats like mangrove forests, coral reefs,
and seagrass beds are at risk to lose their function as breeding and
nursery grounds for marine organisms. This situation is exacerbated by the Implementing Partners
The project is jointly implemented by the Regional
effects of climate change. Secretariat of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs,
Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF), the Ministry of
Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have realized that to address these Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) in Indonesia, the
threats there is a need for transboundary cooperation. This is carried out Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI),
Department of Fisheries Sabah and Sabah Parks in
under the umbrella of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries Malaysia, the Department of Environment and Natural
and Food Security (CTI-CFF) which recognizes the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape Resources (DENR) and the Bureau of Fisheries and
as one of its priority seascapes. Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in the Philippines, and
Conservation International.
Context Target Groups
CTI-CFF and their organs, government agencies of the
The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, three countries, local population in marine protected
Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) commissioned the project to support areas and fishermen, and other stakeholders in
the countries to implement and coordinate their activities under CTI-CFFs biodiversity management and fisheries
Regional Plan of Action. Volume & time frame
7 Million Euro
The focal areas are: 2012-2018

To support the effective management of marine protected areas Contact


and establish a regional protected area network for sea turtles Franca Sprong
Project Director
To promote an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management Deutsche Gesellschaft fr Internationale
(EAFM) in selected marine managed areas Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Phone +63 2 441 8440
Scientific research for example on the connectivity of sea turtle Email franca.sprong@giz.de
populations is conducted to assist the project implementation. For
institutional strengthening the project engages in capacity development
for CTI-CFF, partner ministries and other stakeholders. To foster the
regional exchange of experiences among the three countries and beyond,
the project is organizing cross-visits, knowledge-sharing events, and
documenting and disseminating lessons learned. Based on the scientific
studies and lessons learned, the project will provide policy
recommendations in the region.

Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape Project, 2017