Intro Photo Large

Remove this module

Section Info

EditPhoto Title:Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape
EditPhoto Description:Conservation across physical and cultural boundaries
EditImage Url:/global/philippines/PublishingImages/ci_35597459.jpg
EditImage Description:
EditPhoto Credit:© Copyright Keith A. Ellenbogen
EditPhoto RenditionID Small:5[Optional]
EditPhoto RenditionID Webkit:6[Optional]
EditPhoto RenditionID Medium:7[Optional]
EditPhoto RenditionID Portrait:8[Optional]
EditPhoto RenditionID Large:9[Optional]


Spanning 900,000 square kilometers (347,490 square miles) of waters between Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape provides food, shelter, livelihoods and recreation to 40 million people.​

It also boasts some of the world’s richest marine environments – beautiful and vast coral reefs, seagrass meadows and mangrove forests that host whales, sharks, rays, dolphins, turtles and a great diversity of fish.

All of these are now under threat from unsustainable fishing, pollution, and climate change.



Our role

Conservation International (CI) works with the three governments to safeguard the vital natural resources and the benefits they provide people — such as food, livelihoods and climate resilience. We do this through establishing marine protected areas and networks, and effectively managing these areas to reduce human pressures. Through this work, we can also ensure that threatened species, such as sea turtles, and their habitats are secured.

As climate change impacts become increasingly pronounced, CI is also helping governments and vulnerable coastal communities adapt for the future.

The Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape is a priority transboundary seascape under the broader Coral Triangle Initiative – a partnership between the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste to address the urgent threats facing their shared coastal and marine resources.​​

​​Text with Image or Video

Remove this module

Title

EditHeader:Our plan
EditAnchor tag for sticky nav:[Optional]

Sections

Image and Text

EditImage Position:leftLeft
    EditSection Title:Protecting mangroves and fisheries
    EditSection Title Style:h3Green
      EditImage URL:/global/philippines/PublishingImages/ci_59225755.jpg
      EditImage Description:
      EditText:As the main source of protein for many communities who live within the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape, fish represent food security and livelihoods. However their breeding grounds — mangroves and coral reefs — are under immense human pressure.

      Through encouraging community-based conservation programs, CI is working to provide financial stability to community members, while encouraging them to protect these ecosystems. We have worked with local communities to improve their fishing practices, and helped train, certify and equip more than 1,000 community enforcement teams to enforce management regulations alongside the local government. In addition, our work has encouraged local governments to allocate more funding towards this conservation effort, and we are expanding our work to include that of small pelagic species such as sardines, a vital source of food and income.

      EditLink for Header and Image:[Optional]
      EditPhoto Credit:© Conservation International/photo by Lynn Tang
      EditPhoto RenditionID Medium:31[Optional]
      EditPhoto RenditionID Large:9[Optional]
      Move Up Move Down

      Image and Text

      EditImage Position:rightRight
      EditSection Title:Establishing and managing protected areas with networks
      EditSection Title Style:h3Green
        EditImage URL:/global/philippines/PublishingImages/ci_94508789.jpg
        EditImage Description:
        EditText:Marine protected areas are most effective when established in areas where nature — and the benefits it provides — is most valued. Based on extensive scientific studies, CI works in collaboration with governments to establish and expand protected areas to include areas of high importance. Together we have achieved a 21-fold increase in the size of marine protected areas and a 4.4-fold increase in the size of no-take zones — specific areas that allow fish populations to recover.

        To maximize conservation impact, CI is strengthening law enforcement across marine protected areas through training and equipping enforcement teams.

        CI is also supporting the establishment of a sea turtle marine protected area network, connecting turtle nesting sites and migratory routes across the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia — allowing them to flourish.

        EditLink for Header and Image:[Optional]
        EditPhoto Credit:© Keith A. Ellenbogen
        EditPhoto RenditionID Medium:31[Optional]
        EditPhoto RenditionID Large:9[Optional]
        Move Up Move Down

        Image and Text

        EditImage Position:leftLeft
          EditSection Title:Adapting to climate change
          EditSection Title Style:h3Green
            EditImage URL:/global/philippines/PublishingImages/ci_42381749.jpg
            EditImage Description:
            EditText:Already, the impacts of climate change are being felt across the Philippines — as demonstrated when Typhoon Yolanda (also known as Typhoon Haiyan) slammed into their coasts. Through an ecosystem-based approach, CI worked with the government to integrate the value of nature — in terms of food, fresh water and biodiversity — into climate change adaptation strategies and decision-making. We also provided trainings to local governments and communities, so they can assess the impacts and vulnerabilities resulting from climate change, and work to resolve these issues strategically — for both the immediate and long term.

            Within the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape, CI works to protect communities from increasingly intense and unpredictable storm surges — an effect of climate change — through the rehabilitation of more than 100 hectares of mangroves and improved management of more than 400 hectares of these forests.

            EditLink for Header and Image:[Optional]
            EditPhoto Credit:© Conservation International/Photo by Lynn Tang
            EditPhoto RenditionID Medium:31[Optional]
            EditPhoto RenditionID Large:9[Optional]
            Move Up Move Down
            Add Image and TextAdd Video and TextAdd Image Thumbnail List

            ​Image with Text Overlay

            Image with Text Overlay Config

            EditAnchor Tag:[Optional]
            EditImage:/global/philippines/PublishingImages/ci_19659929.jpg
            EditImage Alt Text:
            EditTitle:Our goal
            EditSubtitle:Improved seascape-wide conservation
            EditText:We aim that by 2018, we will have led the process of improving coordination and management across the seascape in collaboration with our partners, so that it is optimally effective in its goals of conservation and the support of human well being.
            EditPhoto Credit:© Alex Sher
            Edit Layout:boxBox
            EditPhoto RenditionID Small:5[Optional]
            EditPhoto RenditionID Webkit:6[Optional]
            EditPhoto RenditionID Medium:7[Optional]
            EditPhoto RenditionID Portrait:8[Optional]
            EditPhoto RenditionID Large:9[Optional]
            Remove this module


            More of Our Work Links

            Remove this module

            Section Configuration

            EditAnchor tag for sticky nav:[Optional]
            EditImage RenditionID Small:21[Optional]
            EditImage RenditionID Webkit:22[Optional]
            EditImage RenditionID Medium:23[Optional]
            EditImage RenditionID Webkit Medium:24[Optional]
            EditImage RenditionID Large:25[Optional]
            EditImage RenditionID Webkit Large:26[Optional]

            Images Rows

            First Image

            EditTitle:Green-gray storm shelters
            EditImage:/global/philippines/PublishingImages/ci_45949316.jpg
            EditLink:/global/philippines/Pages/Green-gray.aspx
            EditImage Alt Text:Growing mangroves help defend against storm surges. © Nandini Narayanan
            Move Up Move Down

            Second Image

            EditTitle:Verde Island Passage
            EditImage:/global/philippines/PublishingImages/ci_74784462.jpg
            EditLink:/global/philippines/Pages/Verde-Island-Passage.aspx
            EditImage Alt Text:Vibrant coral reef in the Verde Island Passage Marine Corridor. © Conservation International/Photo by Sterling Zumbrunn
            Move Up Move Down

            Third Image

            EditTitle:Quirino Protected Landscape
            EditImage:/global/philippines/PublishingImages/ci_85626181.jpg
            EditLink:/global/philippines/Pages/Quirino-Protected-Landscape.aspx
            EditImage Alt Text:A participant of the Quirino Forest Carbon Project. © Conservation International/photo by Aya Uraguchi
            Move Up Move Down