The ATSEA-2 team undertook a mission to Manado, Indonesia to do a courtesy visit to the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Regional Secretariat. The visit was conducted on 14th of October 2020.

Launched in 2009 through Leaders Declaration, CTI-CFF is a multilateral partnership of six countries which are Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Island, and Timor-Leste to sustain extraordinary marine and coastal resources by addressing crucial issues such as food security, climate change, and marine biodiversity. ATSEA-2 understands that it can learn a lot from CTI-CFF experiences as the first multilateral cooperation of its kind. Thus, the objectives of the courtesy visit are to formally introduce ATSEA-2 project activities and team members to understand the recent progress of CTI-CFF regional collaboration, to find CTI-CFF and ATSEA-2 common interests and issues, and to identify collaboration opportunities.

CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat represented by Mr. Gustaaf Lumiu, Deputy Executive Director for Corporate Services on behalf of Dr. Mohd Kushairi Bin Mohd Rajuddin, the Executive Director of the CTI-CFF Regional Director welcomed warmly the ATSEA-2 team led by Dr. Handoko Adi Susanto, Regional Project Manager of ATSEA-2. The two then exchanged presentations so that both parties understand the initiative and project better. The presentations were followed with an open discussion amongst meeting participants on tackling challenges, developing and sustaining a regional governance mechanism, engaging with partners from country members and independent organisations, and conducting M&E. The discussion happened interactively and openly of which both parties learned from each other.

The meeting was closed by Mr. Lumiu by thanking ATSEA-2 team for visiting the CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat and restating his interest to learn especially from PEMSEA on how PEMSEA sustains the initiative financially. Finally, Dr. Susanto thanked CTI-CFF for hosting the meeting and would like to continue exchanging information and collaborating with CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat, especially in learning how to communicate the project to a wide audience.