Being one of the six countries that shared the marine conservation area that is the Coral Triangle, Indonesia is both blessed and cursed. Blessed with the wonderful beauty of the coral reefs, but cursed with conserving them with very limited resources. Coral Triangle Center tries to break that limit, and preserve as much as they can through many means of outreaching.
It began with the introduction of the Coral Triangle by marine scientists back in 2009. The Coral Triangle is a tropical marine area located in the western Pacific Ocean containing at least 600 species of coral reef building – thus a priority in marine conservation. The enriched location covers the waters of six countries; Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and Solomon Islands. Like any other regional collectives, especially among states, comes the common concern that they might not be able to touch the smaller objectives. These includes reaching out and collaborate with the local communities, government, entrepreneurs and NGOs, and caring for the marine ecosystem first-hand. With that priority in mind, the Coral Triangle Center foundation was founded in 2010.
With conservatory learning sites in several spots in Indonesia (with one in Nusa Penida), the CTC focuses on training and enabling local communities and stakeholders, as well as supporting marine protected areas (MPA) and coordinates learning networks. The conservation process itself starts from field research, of which MPA are observed on a one or two week long study. The data produced then will be analysed to materialize a report – this is where the hard work begins. The report will then be presented to those related directly or non-directly with the MPA, such as government office, loacal fishermen community, diving operators, sea transports, etc. The CTC have 25 modules on how to assess these reports depending on various aspects; who will be conducting, what kind of situations and conditions they are facing, where is the MPA located, and so on.
To support their cause furthermore, one of CTC’s long term plan is to open their own information and educational hub, the Center for Marine Conservation. The first phase have already opened late last year beginning with the training pavilion [consists of two class rooms and one dive training pool], as well as the much awaited educational interactive escape room. While other future facilities will be ranging from a museum that will cover and exhibit anything you need to know about the triangle – from a 3D model of the area, marine ecosystem mock ups, as well as various displays of information like biodiversity, the threats for the triangle and the solutions, the cultural diversity of the nations involved, etc.
Another to look forward to is the coral wall replica. Standing at 15 metres long and 3 metres high, this large wall that will be a collaborative installation between artists will show a life size model of the beautiful coral reef made from ceramics. In the same spirit of making this more accessible and related, CTC have released their ocean ecosystem themed own board game called ‘Aquatico’. Basically, whatever question you have about the triangle, CMC can answer it for you – you just need to pick which method it will be delivered to you. And with this state of the art facility, the youth of Bali will sure get all the answers they need to comprehend the significance of the Coral Triangle for our ocean.