The World Coral Reef Conference (WCRC) will be held in Indonesia in 2014, according to Ronald Sorongan, a senior official from the Indonesian Ministry of Maritime and Fisheries.

The event is scheduled to take place in May in Manado, North Sulawesi, where it will be attended by delegations from more than 50 countries.

Sorongan said the WCRC provides an opportunity for nations with coral reefs to discuss their exploitation and preservation, thus contributing to protecting the environment and conserving marine biodiversity.

Next year’s event will be held as part of the fifth World Maritime Conference and the Coral Triangle Initiative, he added.-VNA