Strengthening the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network Pacific


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PROGRESS TO DATE

REPORT PROJECT CONCEPT

COUNTRY BRIEFINGS
The objective is to identify key drivers of reef change and provide actionable coastal and marine management and policy recommendations, as well as recommendations for future monitoring and reporting.

Specifically, policy and management application of report findings is envisaged in the following areas aligning to countries multi-lateral agreements:

  • Biodiversity conservation: recommendations regarding marine protected area (MPA) network policies as well as to support siting and sizing of MPAs will be provided;
  • Fisheries: fish species or areas that warrant particular management efforts can be identified;
  • Coastal planning and development: recommendations on coastal development, including tourism development, as well as other land-use may also be possible, to be pursued through sectoral interventions or cross-sectoral processes at any level (e.g. marine spatial planning);
  • Climate change: Recommendations for coastal adaptation planning including ecosystem-based adaptation will be provided, based on historical trends and projected climate change impacts;
  • Assessment and research: The work also has direct implications for research, monitoring and assessment for management, including by generating recommendations on indicators and methods for coral reef monitoring for use e.g. in national and regional state of the environment reporting, Drivers-Pressures-State-Impacts-Responses (DPSIR) analyses, Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA) etc.

The briefings should also track the progress against internationally adopted targets such as SDG 14 and Aichi Target 10, which will prepare a more comprehensive GCRMN report.

WHATS ARE OUR NEXT STEPS…

Global
SECOND MEETING OF THE WORKING GROUP ON STRENGTHENING THE GLOBAL CORAL REEF MONITORING NETWORK
Bangkok, Thailand
17-18 September 2018

The meeting will prepare the final Implementation and Governance Plan and recommendations to table at the ICRI General Meeting in December 2018.