3 May 2012

PNG and Solomons officials in Philippines for Coral Triangle talks

5:12 pm on 3 May 2012

Senior officials from Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands are reported to be in the Philippines for the latest meeting of countries which are part of the Coral Triangle.

The Coral Triangle covers six million square kilometres across the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, PNG, Solomon Islands and Timor Leste and features a wide range of corals, fish and other marine life.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that finance ministers and officials involved in the areas of environment, fisheries and marine affairs are at the meeting.

They are set to discuss sustainable financing strategies to protect the coral reefs, fisheries and food security in the region.

Resources in the Coral Triangle are threatened by destructive fishing, overexploitation, poorly managed coastal development and climate change.