[SDI-AsiaPacific] Coral Triangle Atlas
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Sun Jan 16 16:49:59 EST 2011
The Coral Triangle Atlas (CT Atlas) is an online GIS database, providing
governments, NGOs and researchers with a view of spatial data at the regional
scale. Data on fisheries, biodiversity, natural resources, and socioeconomics
have been collected for decades by scientists and managers working in different
parts of the Coral Triangle region. However, to date, little of this information
has been aggregated into region-wide layers to provide an overview and support
management planning and decision-making at a regional level.
This CT Atlas project will improve the efficiency of management and conservation
planning in the region by giving researchers and managers access to spatial
information 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. The CT Atlas will be particularly
useful in the design and planning of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and MPA
Networks throughout the region.
Thus, the expansion of the CT Atlas project will improve conservation by:
1.Giving scientists and decision makers a vision of ecological processes beyond
2.Providing the building blocks to use Spatial Decision Support Systems (SDSS)
such as MARXAN for marine conservation planning.
3.Avoiding duplication of efforts, enabling valuable time and resources to be
most effectively allocated
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