Francis has been invited to join the Steering Committee for the creation of a Regional Conservation Trust Fund (RCTF or the “Fund”) of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF).
The CTI-CFF is a multilateral partnership of six countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste – working together to sustain extraordinary marine and coastal resources by addressing crucial issues such as food security, climate change and marine biodiversity. Goals of the CTI-CFF are achieved through technical groups which work to establish Marine protected Areas (MPAs), implement climate adaptation measures, work to protect threatened species and seascapes, and bring an ecosystem approach to fisheries management.
The CTI-CFF is seeking to design, structure and capitalize a Fund to finance programs and projects that support its mission.
Conservation Trust Funds (CTFs) are private, legally independent institutions that provide sustainable financing for biodiversity conservation. The core business of a CTF is to mobilize resources from diverse sources – including international donors, national governments and the private sector – and to direct them, primarily through grants, to a diverse range of environmental programs and projects through non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations and governmental agencies (such as national parks agencies).
Francis will participate in Steering Committee meetings from April 2022 and provide expert input in conservation funding, coral reef conservation, and marine and coastal management.
Images of coral reefs from the Coral Triangle, taken from the Ocean Agency’s Ocean Image Bank.