Thursday, 09 June 2016 10:47
Manila, Philippines – The country joins the region in celebrating the Coral Triangle Day on June 9, 2016 by conducting activities that will promote the protection of the coastal and marine resources and will increase the awareness of the Filipinos on the state of the marine ecosystems. Spearheaded by the National Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) Coordinating Committee (NCCC), the country has lined up activities taking off from the recently concluded Month of the Ocean.
This year’s CT Day celebration theme, “Save Coral Triangle – Stop Plastic Pollution/Waste” – aims at generating awareness and real action in addressing the growing number of plastic waste going into the ocean and endanger the marine ecosystem – from coral reefs, fishes, sea birds, endangered species, to food security in a large perspective.
Roughly eight million tons of plastic waste is dumped into the ocean every year, according to a study released by the Ocean Conservancy. At present, plastic pollution continuous to be a major problem for the coastal and marine life on the planet.
The CT Day was officially endorsed at the 4th CTI-CFF Ministerial Meeting in Putrajaya, Malaysia in November 2012 as a regional awareness platform to highlight the importance of marine conservation and to raise awareness on this global center of marine biodiversity. It is an interpretation of World Oceans Day (celebrated every June 8) in the area of Coral Triangle which brings together individuals, institutions, and establishments from different parts of the region to celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of this region and to promote the importance of oceans through activities that may includes but not limited to: beach clean ups, mangrove replanting activities, sustainable seafood shows and exhibitions, and educational and awareness-raising workshops for the youth, among many others.
CT Day is an open-sourced event, which means any organization or institution can celebrate the Coral Triangle Day in any part of the world, especially across the Coral Triangle region.
To learn more celebration and the on-the-ground events happening in celebration of Coral Triangle Day, visit: www.coraltriangleday.org.
You may download this year’s logo here.