13 Jun Coral Triangle Day 2022: Celebrating Women in the Sustainable Blue Economy

On June 9, every year we mark Coral Triangle Day, celebrating the world’s epicenter of marine biodiversity, containing 76% of the world’s coral species, 37% of the world’s reef fish species, and supporting millions of people by providing their food and livelihoods. This year’s Coral Triangle Day theme is “Sustaining the Coral Triangle Ecosystem through Blue Economy” and is aligned with the International UN World’s Oceans Day celebration on June 8.

CTC, in collaboration with the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Regional Secretariat and the WWF Coral Triangle Program, organized a webinar entitled Coral Triangle Day: Celebrating Women in the Sustainable Blue Economy, which was held on June 13, 2022. The webinar highlighted innovations and actions being undertaken by women leaders across the Coral Triangle, with case studies from Indonesia, Philippines, and Solomon Islands in sustaining marine resources through Blue Economy innovations. Highlighting lessons learned in the last two years of the pandemic, it aimed the spotlight on successful women-led initiatives linked to sustainable marine resource management in the view that these can inspire others to take similar action for ocean revitalization.

The webinar was moderated by CTC Executive Director Rili Djohani and the speakers included Dr. Mohd Kushairi Mohd Rajuddin, Executive Director, CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat who highlighted the CTI-CFF Gender Equality and Social Inclusion strategy as a way to strengthen equality in decision making in the CTI-CFF. We also had Susan Roxas, the Sustainable Finance and Fisheries Lead, WWF Coral Triangle Programme, who talked about the definition of a Blue Economy and regional investments in Blue Economy. CTC Senior Program Manager Hesti Widodo talked about innovations in Blue Economy through case studies of seaweed farmers in Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area (MPA) and the women who process blue swimming crabs (BSC) in Lampung, Indonesia. Meanwhile, Rindah Melsen, the President of Nusatuva Women Savings Club showed how women in the Solomon Islands have formed saving clubs as a way to sustain their marine resources. Suzette Villano, from the Sagnay Tuna Fishers Association in Lagonoy Gulf, Philippines showed how active women leaders have taken the helm of tuna fishing sustainability efforts in their area.

To review a recording of the webinar follow this link: https://bit.ly/CTD22_YT

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