[SDI-AsiaPacific] Coral Triangle Atlas

Kate Lance klance_remote at yahoo.com
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 
political boundaries
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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