Manado, a pleasant city with a population of over 417,000, will be in the international spotlight during the upcoming World Ocean Conference(WOC) and Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) Summit to be held May 11-15, 2009.
About 2,900 participants from 121 countries are expected to take part in the WOC, the CTI Summit, and associated events. They will stay among other things in 18 star-rated hotels and 24 non-star hotels.
"The central government has met all its commitments to securing infrastructure, roads, bridges, electricity, clean water, land and sea transport and increase flight frequencies," North Sulawesi Governor Sarundajang said last Wednesday (April 22), after meeting President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to report preparations for the WOC and CTI Summit to be held in the North Sulawesi capital of Manado.
The WOC on May 11-14 which aims to build a commitment for sustainable management of marine resources will be themed "Climate Change Impacts on Oceans and The Role of Oceans in Climate Change".
On May 15, six countries grouped in CT-6 (Coral Triangle-6) will hold the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) Summit also in Manado. Australia and the United States will attend the Summit as observers.
Leaders of the CT-6 member countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor Leste) are expected to issue a Regional Action Plan.
The Regional Action Plan would consist of five points, respectively on seascapes, the implementation of ecosystem-based fishery management, protected marine areas, adaption to climate change, and cutting the number of endangered marine species on the list of the International Union For the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Indonesian Marine and Fisheries Minister Freddy Numberi said a press statement recently.
The coral reefs are known as the Amazon of the Seas because of their rich biodiversity. The coral reef triangle that covers the six countries is 75,000 square kilometers wide and has 500 coral reef species and more than 3,000 fish species.
The coral reefs in the area are also a source of livelihood for 120 population, and a place of tuna mating and a source of regional economy with money in circulation reaching US$2.3 billion a year.