Our Future Portfolio
By 2019, we are aiming to widen our field learning activities to a total of nine sites, including at least one for each Coral Triangle country. Each site will have a different learning focus. Participants can learn from MPAs with different ecological, economic, social, and geopolitical characteristics.
How are we selecting the Learning Sites?
We use seven criteria to find and select sites for our programs:

Conservation Value

We select sites with 500 or more confirmed coral species. Our sites are located in areas deemed as high priority marine conservation eco-regions.

Ecosystem Integrity

Our sites must be healthy ecologically, with clear ecosystem integrity and viability.

Clear Learning Focus

We select sites that exemplify at least one topic that is important across the Coral Triangle.
The learning potential at any given site needs to be relevant and transferrableto other MPAs in the Coral Triangle.

Effective Management

We select sites that can become showcase examples for effective management, and provide support for them to reach their goals

Site Accessibility

We select sites that are easily accessible for visitors and trainees.
A clear management agency is required for each site to ensure smooth and efficient operations.
Coral Triangle Center

Across the Coral Triangle, MPAs are being established under widely varied governance and management systems and processes. The spectrum travels from MPAs with heavily top-down management in place, such as national marine parks with high levels of civil servant staffing, to others that are very bottom-up in approach and design, such as LMMAs and other community managed areas.


Regulatory frameworks and legal systems for MPAs differs between the CT6 nations, and cultural attitudes, approaches, and adoption mechanisms can also differ greatly. Despite these differences there are a great number of commonalities between many MPAs in terms of the challenges they need to address and potential solutions to such challenges. Peer-to-peer learning can benefit from exposure to a range of approaches, and the portfolio of learning sites across the Coral Triangle needs to capture and reflect these wide-ranging approaches adequately.

CTC is the lead agency at two learning sites and has partnerships with agencies at the other

learning sites in development. All sites receive training and support from CTC for the design of field-based training activities and facilitation techniques. Overall portfolio coordination is also provided by CTC.