USAID funded the Coral Triangle Support Partnership (CTSP) as a platform from which the combined experience and technical depth of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Conservation International (CI) could be brought to support the six nations of the Coral Triangle (Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines – the CT6).
The CTSP worked within the US Coral Triangle Initiative (US CTI) Support Program funded by USAID and other agencies to ‘improve the management of biologically and economically important coastal and marine resources and associated ecosystems that support the livelihoods of peoples and economies in the Coral Triangle.
To ensure an integrated design under the US CTI Support Program, CTSP worked in concert with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the US CTI Program Integrator, other U.S. agencies, the Asian Development Bank, the Global Environment Facility, and other donor and government agencies, to map needs and derive best ways for CTSP to create value and provide leadership within the overall CTI. Country needs are expansive and none of the assistance sources can meet these needs alone. CTSP, being the first program on the ground, took both a tactical and strategic view by responding and taking advantage of high priority needs that are likely to produce results immediately and in the near future, while also taking more strategic positions that set the stage for outcomes over the medium to long term.