• 1 Indo-Pacific Division, The Nature Conservancy, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
  • 2 Natural Resources Management, Worldfish, Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia
  • 3 Coral Triangle Program, WWF-Indonesia, South Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 4 Coral Triangle Program, WWF-United States, Washington, DC, United States
  • 5 Indo-Pacific Division, The Nature Conservancy, Queensland, Australia
  • 6 Coordination and External Affairs, Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs and Food Security, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 7 The Coral Triangle Center, Bali, Indonesia
  • 8 Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
  • 9 Coral Triangle Support Partnership, WWF-Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 10 Regional Environment Office, United States Agency for International Development Regional Development Mission for Asia, Bangkok, Thailand
PLoS ONE, 2014;9(6):e96332.
PMID: 24941442 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0096332


In this paper we describe the construction of an online GIS database system, hosted by WorldFish, which stores bio-physical, ecological and socio-economic data for the 'Coral Triangle Area' in South-east Asia and the Pacific. The database has been built in partnership with all six (Timor-Leste, Malaysia, Indonesia, The Philippines, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea) of the Coral Triangle countries, and represents a valuable source of information for natural resource managers at the regional scale. Its utility is demonstrated using biophysical data, data summarising marine habitats, and data describing the extent of marine protected areas in the region.

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