The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) is a multilateral partnership of six countries formed in 2007 to address the urgent threats facing the coastal and marine resources of one of the most biologically diverse and ecologically rich regions on earth. The National Oceanography Directorate (NOD) under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) serves as the focal point and the National Secretariat of the Malaysia CTI-CFF National Coordination Committee (NCC). Its members include both representatives from various federal.
At the state level, the members include the Sabah State Government Office comprising Chief Minister Department, Sabah Federal Secretary’s Office, Sabah Economic Planning Unit, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry. NOD has also mobilized inter-agency working groups that include non-government organizations, universities and environmental agencies in Sabah.
The Malaysia CTI-CFF National Plan Action focuses on the development and implementation of innovative management approaches to overcome climate change risks and overexploitation of marine resources that could spur new sources of growth for our livelihood. It embodies 12 guiding principles representing Malaysia’s commitments in various treaties, policies and declaration commitments in international forums and contains 134 specific actions that will directly contribute to achievement of five goals of the CTI-CFF Regional Plan of Action.
Sabah Parks has been tasked to form an Interim Steering Committee for the one million hectare area in the northern part (Kudat, Marudu and Pitas, including 50 islands) of Sabah to propose as a park. The committee and its six working groups will work towards an integrated management plan to achieve the three objectives of the proposed TMP, and outlining the implementation of a multiple use park that is managed through a collaborate management approach. The three objectives are;
1. To conserve biodiversity
2. To ensure sustainable development
3. To alleviate poverty in the proposed park.