The Coral Triangle Center (CTC) is a foundation based in Indonesia that trains marine resource managers and educates all groups that interact with coastlines and reefs within the Coral Triangle. The CTC provides training and learning programs; supports marine-protected areas; coordinates a learning network for MPA practitioners; connects the public and private sector on coastal issues; and is developing a center of excellence in marine conservation in Bali focused on the Coral Triangle.
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Training and Learning
In order to develop a generation of educated and committed MPA managers and staff, as well as to educate other groups that interact with coral reefs, the CTC has made Training and Learning programs the foundation of its efforts. Working with partners, the CTC develops customized curriculums taught by experienced educators with practical MPA experience. Training and Learning programs cater to four constituencies: MPA managers and staff; other practitioners including tourism operators, NGOs, teachers, and interested citizens; potential MPA trainers; students, and school children.
To date, CTC has trained more than 1,733 participants who apply their new skills in planning and managing marine protected areas and in training local stakeholders throughout the Coral Triangle. Presently, CTC has developed 24 modules with partners to address the training needs in the region ranging from coral monitoring to public consultation techniques. We continue to develop and customize our training portfolio based on emerging threats and constraints in the field as well as on the needs of the stakeholders with a growing number of partners. Upon our success to enhance CTC regional presence as the leading training and learning provider in tropical marine resource management, this year we aim to provide 25 trainings and field learning with 500 participants in Indonesia and other Coral Triangle countries.
Our ability to continue to innovate our training products will be pivotal for Coral Triangle stakeholders to ensure marine biodiversity and achieve a sustainable use of marine and coastal resources.
Field Learning Sites
CTC recognizes the importance of developing Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as sites that serve as living laboratories to observe, learn, and study from field experiences related to marine conservation, MPA establishment, and resource management. CTC has incorporated this into its main strategies with the objective to deepen our understanding and practices concerning marine resource management by collaborating directly on a small number of sites and field testing solutions to pressing regional problems. These learning sites also serve to document effective management practices as well as develop living laboratories for learning and training programs to leverage practical ideas region wide. Learning sites are envisioned as on-site training platforms for managers and practitioners, government officials, community groups, scientists, and NGOs, and for learning exchanges among practitioners and between sites in the Coral Triangle and beyond.
Currently CTC is developing Nusa Penida MPA in Bali, Banda Islands MPA Network (Ay Island, Rhun Island, Hatta Island, and Banda MPA) in Maluku, and Atauro MPA in Timor Leste. By connecting learning sites within countries and across the region, stakeholders can learn from a broad spectrum of MPAs with different ecological, economic, social, and geopolitical characteristics.
The learning network is one method to build capacity for effective management of Coral Triangle MPAs as well as share MPA knowledge and best practices between CT6 countries, communities, and MPA practitioners within and outside the CT region. we are continuing to facilitate a working, active, focused, integrated, and effective peer learning platform for the network members: moderating discussions, building an active, user-‐ friendly portal to share best practices, developing interactive training courses, codifying network protocols, supporting an e-‐ library and interactive forums, presenting new work in case studies, comparative reviews, organizing learning network activities: workshops, trainings, face-‐ to-‐ face meetings etc. We are also facilitating a working, active, focused, integrated and effective region wide peer learning platform for network members of: the Women Leaders’ Forum, the MPA Regional Exchange Network and the Local Government Network.
In an effort to resolve and abate pressing large-scale threats to our marine heritage, CTC is fostering strategic cooperation and relationships with different stakeholders in the region — governmental, non-governmental, commercial, financial, academic, and local — to collectively deliver trainings, fundraise, and develop practices that positively impact the marine environment in the Coral Triangle. CTC is continuing to secure and maintain partnerships at all levels; at global level with international organizations such as USDOI, NOAA, and IUCN will provide us with a global platform and give us access to the latest in science and knowledge.
Regional partnerships; with CTI-‐ CFF regional secretariat as our foundation with regional scope and outreach. National partnerships with universities and key organization such as LPSK (the Institute of Marine Professional Certification) will gain us support and solidify our position as capacity building/training provider. Whilst local partnership with communities and constituents will ensure us to stay grounded at grassroots level. We are now focusing more to business sectorial focus i.e. tourism sector, and building on the CTI‐CFF Regional Tourism Business Forum which will be launched in August 2015. We are also aiming at securing partnerships with local hospitality businesses in Bali.
The Coral Triangle Center’s mission is to enhance local capacity for regional marine conservation. To aid CTC in these efforts, we are building our organization, as well as our physical center in Bali, to become a world-class center for training and outreach efforts focused on tropical marine conservation. Linked to learning sites and learning networks, this Center will serve as a hub for events and partnerships to support the conservation of coastal and marine resources throughout the CT region.
Following a successful acquisition of 4,500 sqm land in prime location Sanur, Bali, made possible by generous support of the Tahija family and PT Memimpin Dengan Nurani (MDN), we are moving forward with the development of our state-of-the-art learning hub. The CTC Learning Hub will provide education for all ages to increase awareness of the impact of developmental pursuits on marine ecosystems. Importantly, the Hub will stimulate people to take action to ensure a sustainable future so that future generations will no longer witness the disappearance of the planet’s natural resources. To maintain its relevance the CTC Regional Hub will strive consistently to be a global thought leader in marine conservation. W ith the development of a core pool of succession talent and continuous financial sustainability to cover its operating costs, CTC endeavours to remain organizationally viable. Let’s participate in this pivotal moment as CTC increases national and regional appreciation of the marine ecosystem, ensuring its survival for the future well being of humanity.