Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Chagos Archipelago.
Dr. Md. Masumur Rahman
South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP)
The South Asia region is one of the smaller GCRMN regions in terms of area of coral reefs, accounting for only 4.2 % (10,949 km2) of global area of coral reefs.
Despite its relatively small area, South Asia contains a wide variety of coral reef habitats that vary significantly in reef structure, biodiversity, proximity to continents, and anthropogenic impacts. Coastal communities throughout the region are directly dependent on reef resources.
The South Asia Coral Reef Task Force (SACRTF) was launched in July 2007. The establishment of SACRTF was endorsed at the 10th Meeting of the Governing Council of SACEP held in 2007 and the progress was reported at the 4IMM-SASP held on 22 May 2008 in Jaipur, India. The aim of the SACRTF was to facilitate and coordinate management of coral reefs and associated ecosystems at a national level, and to promote collaborative action at the regional level, encouraging synergies for trans-boundary responses to shared environmental challenges and raising the political and public profile of coral reef related issues in the SAS region.
SACEP and International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) negotiating a collaboration to revitalise the SACRTF by linking to the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN).
(i) Marine Ecoregions of the World (MEOW) is a biogeographic classification of the world’s coasts and shelves (Spalding et al., 2007).