PRIMEX Project Director Elvira Ablaza together with Team Leader and Project Management Specialist Guillermo L. Morales and other five PRIMEX consultants attended the two-day inception workshop for the ADB/GEF-funded Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle-Southeast Asia (CTI Southeast Asia) at Promenade Hotel, Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia on 4-5 September 2012. Aside from presenting the scope of work, outputs, and expected outcomes, the Project Management Consultants validated with the Malaysian National Coordinating Committee the proposed priority subprojects which will be implemented under CTI Southeast Asia. These subprojects address the five goals identified in the Regional Plan of Action and in the Malaysian National Plan of Action:
- Priority seascapes and marine protected areas (MPAs) – profiling of marine ecosystem of Malaysia in the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion (SSME); establishing a sustainable palm oil industry and marine industries in the Silam and Darvel Bay; capacity building on ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM) and MPA management;
- EAFM and threatened species protection – developing alternative livelihood in Kota Marudu – Pitas District; community-based ecotourism in three sites; and addressing illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing of coral reefs; and
- Climate change adaptation – project scoping, vulnerability assessment and special studies, capacity building on using vulnerability assessment tools, assessment and Implementation of climate change adaptation measures, and monitoring and evaluation.