Can you believe it? A decade ago, TNC – with the support of partners AROUND THE WORLD– launched the Reef Resilience Network, creating what would grow to become a global network of resource managers sharing ideas, experiences, and expertise to effectively manage our coral reefs and reef fisheries.
In a new article published today in the world’s leading academic journal, Science, Mark Spalding, Senior Marine Scientist for The Nature Conservancy looks at the broad issues surrounding the current situation of coral reefs and highlights points of hope. “There is growing concern around coral reefs,” said Spalding.
Project REGENERATE, a collaborative conservation science and management project to enhance the resilience of social-ecological coral reef systems in the Maldives, supports the sustainable management of coastal resources, particularly coral reefs, in order to build economic, social, and environmental resilience to the adverse effects of climate change.
The module features the latest coral reef fisheries science and management strategies.
The Nature Conservancy has partnered with Cuban conservation agencies for more than 20 years, providing trainings such as protected area management and planning, GPS and GIS, coral reef monitoring, climate adaptation, and sustainable tourism that otherwise would not be available.
Check out our interactive online community to connect and share with other coral reef managers and practitioners from around the world about marine management.
Check out the six new modules on stressors affecting coral reefs, guidance for identifying coral reef resilience indicators, design principles for resilient MPA networks, methods for implementing resilience assessments, and important communication tools for managers.
The Bahamas has taken the lead to address the lionfish invasion, creating a Lionfish Taskforce to document, collect, and remove lionfish from Bahamian waters. The Taskforce includes representatives from government agencies and local NGOs. Preliminary results from a pilot project to remove lionfish in the Bahamas suggest that invasive species can be effectively managed through public-private sector partnerships with substantial benefits for biodiversity and local economies.
From September 9-11, 2014, fourteen practitioners from Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, and Yap participated in a Strategic Communications Learning Exchange in Maui, Hawaii.
Aurora Justiniano, Conservation Planner is based in Puerto Rico and Kristen Maize, Strategic Communications Manager is based in Honolulu, Hawai’i.