Coral Triangle Maps of the Month

The Coral Triangle Maps of the Month is a monthly email running from August 2012 to June 2013 that showcases various maps that highlight the diversity and uniqueness of the Coral Triangle region. The maps also show some of the pressing issues that are threatening this very important resource considered the epicenter of the world's marine biodiversity. The maps are generated by the Coral Triangle Atlas team at WorldFish.


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Map 15: CTSP Priority Geographies and Integration Sites in the Coral Triangle


A local ranger freedives in one of CTSP's integration sites - Gizo, Western Province, Solomon Islands
Credit: James Morgan/CTSP

The advent of the CTI-CFF stimulated support for the development of a Coral Triangle Marine Protected Area System (CTMPAS) including the improved management of MPAs in each country.  A major contribution to the improvement of MPA design and management was through the US-CTI Support Program that included the Coral Triangle Support Partnership (CTSP) which provided support for "priority geographies" in each Coral Triangle country with the assistance of three non-government organizations -The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund and Conservation International.   


This map depicts the "integration sites" within the priority geographies of each country where integrated design and implementation processes have been tested since 2008 when the program began.  These sites are large, working toward effective management and "integrated" sites whereby the objectives of fisheries management, biodiversity conservation and adaptation to climate change are being addressed in a holistic manner.  All of the sites are implemented through local and national government mechanisms using participatory and community-based approaches with the technical assistance of the three non-government organizations shown on the map as well as many other local partners.    


To read more in--depth stories about the priority geographies and integration sites, visit 


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Follow these links to see other maps in this series:

Map 01: The Eleven Ecoregions of the Coral Triangle

Map 02: Marine Protected Areas in the Coral Triangle

Map 03: Marine Protected Areas in Indonesia

Map 04: Marine Protected Areas in Malaysia

Map 05: Marine Protected Areas in Papua New Guinea

Map 06: Marine Protected Areas in the Philippines

Map 07: Marine Protected Areas in the Solomon Islands

Map 08: Marine Protected Areas in Timor-Leste

Map 09: Reefs at Risk in the Coral Triangle

Map 10: Concentration of Coral Species in the Coral Triangle

Map 11: Threatened Fish Species in the Coral Triangle

Map 12: Reef Fish Biodiversity in the Coral Triangle
Map 13: Mangrove Species Richness in the Coral Triangle
Map 14: Seagrass Species Richness in the Coral Triangle



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About the Coral Triangle Atlas

The Coral Triangle Atlas is an online Geographical Information System (GIS) database providing scientists, governments and NGOs with a view of spatial data at the regional scale. This project will improve the efficiency of conservation planning in the region by giving researchers and managers access to biophysical and socioeconomic information in spatially explicit while encouraging them to share their data to complete the gaps, therefore reducing duplicate data collection efforts and providing the most complete and most current data available.

By contributing data to the CT Atlas, NGO partners, governments and managers are helping to strengthen the effectiveness of conservation activities in the Coral Triangle through improved information flow and access to the region's best datasets.

The CT Atlas is supported by USAID's US CTI Support Program through the Coral Triangle Support Partnership. It also works to inform the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries ad Food Security - a multilateral partnership formed in 2007 by the six Coral Triangle countries to address the urgent threats facing the Coral Triangle.

For more information about the CT Atlas and to contribute data, contact: Annick Cros at or ReefBase at You can also participate in discussions or submit questions to the CT Atlas forum