We are thrilled to announce that the first in a series of major renovations at http://www.reefresilience.org/ has been completed and has just gone LIVE! There are many new features on the site including a discussion forum where users can post and answer questions, an archive of past issues of this newsletter, and access to other marine conservation toolkits that have been recently developed. On the homepage you will find a variety of resources including case studies, resilience training materials, MPA publications and resources (including summaries of many peer-reviewed journal papers), and a variety of partner resources with direct links to most of them. We will be updating this site on a quarterly basis, so if you have resources you would like to share – please send them to email@example.com. We hope that you will have a look and let us know what you think about the new site. We are always open to suggestions! For those that want a closer look, we will be hosting some conference calls to walk you through the new site in March– please contact us if you are interested in participating. This is your place to exchange information and learn what is new so please check out the site!
R2 Toolkit Update:
Work has begun to revise the Reef Resilience Toolkit based on feedback from the survey last year. We will be adding new case studies and updating the science and recommendations in order to incorporate what has been learned during the past four years. The next version will be launched at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona in October. The new toolkit will be available via the web and in CD-ROM.
How will coral reefs, and the people who depend upon them, adapt to global climate change? How will reef managers respond to changing reef conditions and changes in the ways that people use reefs? Join the Florida Reef Resilience Program (FRRP) partners and interested individuals from around the world to explore these and other questions about the current status and potential future of coral reefs in Key Largo, Florida, on April 22-24, 2008. For more information please visit the FRRP website. Contact Shirley Gun for information about fee waiver eligibility.
The Florida Reef Resilience Program (FRRP) is a multi-year effort to develop management approaches and tools to better cope with climate change impacts and other stresses to south Florida’s coral reefs. The program started in 2004 after creation of a Memorandum of Agreement to facilitate sharing knowledge and best practices for resilience-based management among the State of Florida, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. The program is designed to improve understanding of reef health in the region and to identify factors that influence the long-term resilience of corals, reefs and the entire marine ecosystem. With this knowledge in hand, coral reef managers and users can work toward resilience-based management strategies that maximize the benefits of healthy reefs while seeking to improve the condition of those that are less healthy. Ultimately the FRRP seeks to improve ecological conditions of Florida’s reefs, economic sustainability of reef-dependent commercial enterprises and continued recreational use of reef resources. For additional information please check out the Florida Keys Case Study.
Spotlight on Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Case Study
Lyndon DeVantier, Kirino Olpet, Eugene Joseph, Emre Turak pick sites at And Atoll during the Pohnpei REA. Photo: Louise Goggin
An excerpt from the case study: Currently the FSM core team is incorporating the principles of resilience into guidance for state partners as they develop state protected areas networks and work toward achieving the goals of the Micronesia Challenge (MC), an ambitious initiative by the jurisdictions of Micronesia to effectively conserve at least 30% of their nearshore marine resources and 20% of their terrestrial resources by 2020. With the help of the core team, the states are also working toward a standardized monitoring program to measure some key regional indicators to assess broad trends in the country and track progress toward achieving the goals of the MC. Also as part of the MC, a communications campaign is being developed by a communications working group that will incorporate the principles of resilience (currently in draft form, but can be shared when finalized). Read More...