Final Evaluation of the U.S. Coral Triangle Initiative (US CTI) Program
This report evaluates the U.S. Coral Triangle Initiative (US CTI), which aims to improve the management of the Coral Triangle’s vitally important coastal-marine resources and associated ecosystems.
This 4 million-square mile area of ocean and coastal waters encompasses six Pacific and Southeast Asian nations. It is threatened by overfishing and destructive fishing practices, pollution and climate change.
The US CTI program aims to have regional impact and its activities are intended to align with national policy reform efforts.
The evaluation found that US CTI has been effective at supporting the establishment of a new regional paradigm regarding coastal and marine resources. It said there might have been unrealistic expectations regarding the consolidation of US CTI and CTI-Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) as such processes often take many years.
A key achievement has been in developing the Coral Triangle Marine Protected Area
System (CTMPAS) framework. It also helped develop the CT Atlas and supported the adoption of Marine Protected Area Effectiveness Assessment Tools. Work has also progressed in climate change adaptation and building an ecosystems approach to fisheries management.
The report lists many recommendations, including continuing CTI-CFF donor coordination and, for country programs, considering more mechanisms beyond a consortium of international NGOs.