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Strategic Communication Mentored Online Course

Comm AnnJanuary 16 – February 8, 2018

Looking to influence behavior or raise awareness about an issue to advance your conservation efforts? A new Strategic Communication Mentored Online Course can help you communicate effectively to reach your conservation goal! This three-week mentored training, which is only a 6-8 hour time commitment, features hands-on exercises, interactive webinars and quizzes, and guidance from mentors and other managers. We’ve demystified strategic communication and simplified the planning process so you can work on your own project as you learn. This course is free and open to anyone, but is geared toward coral reef managers and practitioners. The course content can be found in the communication module.

Important Dates:

  • December 18 – January 16: Course registration is open. Registration closes January 17
  • January 16: Course orientation and introductory webinar (45 minutes)
  • January 17 – January 24: Complete three self-paced lessons and worksheets on the communication planning process: establish your goal & objectives, assess the context for your efforts, and identify your target audience(s) (~2.5 hours)
  • January 25: Webinar 2 – Review concepts and discussion (45 minutes)
  • January 26 – February 7: Complete four self-paced lessons and worksheets on the communication planning process: make your message matter, identify messengers and tactics, measure your impact, and create a summary of your plan (~3.5 hours)
  • February 8: Webinar 3 – Review concepts, discussion, and course conclusion (30 minutes)
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Assisted Evolution: A Novel Tool to Overcome the Conservation Crisis?

Assisted Evolution Announcement PhotoThis symposium was live streamed as part of the Coral Restoration Consortium webinar series in conjunction with The Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and “The Future Ocean” cluster in Kiel. Speakers shared information on new approaches for the conservation of coral reefs such as assisted colonization and assisted evolution and synthetic biology. View the presentation recordings below.

Presentations:

Welcome and introduction – Marlene Wall, Geomar, Germany

Session 1: Shifting paradigms in conservation: social, public and scientific landscape of conservation genetics
Objective: The aim of session 1 is to (i) discuss new approaches for the conservation of natural environments, such as assisted colonization, assisted evolution and synthetic biology and (ii) introduce the current legal, public and scientific framework of novel methods in conservation.

Session 2: Assisted evolution in corals: Opportunities, applications, challenges, and limitations
Objective: The aim is to introduce how assisted evolution might change our way of restoring natural marine environments. What new tools are available that can improve the selection of environmental stress resistance and be implemented in conservation? What are the promises and perils of such approaches?

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Climate Adaptation & Lessons Learned From Community Engagement in Belize

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September 27, 2017

Elizabeth McLeod, Climate Adaptation Scientist from The Nature Conservancy, shares the latest scientific guidance to help managers determine social and ecological vulnerabilities to climate change and other stressors. In addition, Dareece Chuc, Environmental Education and Communication Director from the Belize Audubon Society, shares successes, challenges and lessons learned implementing the LEAP (Local Early Action Planning and Management) Tool in Belize.

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Communications and Facilitation Workshop to Support Bahamas’ MPAs – Bahamas, 2016

Bahamas workshop The Reef Resilience Network provided strategic communication support for a three-year project in the Bahamas to improve management of existing marine protected areas (MPAs) and expand MPAs to restore local fisheries. At the request of key project partners, Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation, The Nature Conservancy Bahamas, and the Bahamas National Trust, Reef Resilience staff led a one-hour strategic communication webinar followed by a two-day training six months later. The trainings built participants’ strategic communication and facilitation skills, and helped them refine key messages to conduct targeted and coordinated outreach across the Bahamas archipelago. Thirty-five Bahamian outreach specialists participated in the online and in-person workshops. Facilitation training was provided by NOAA.

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Strategic Communications – American Samoa, 2016

A three-day workshop was held in partnership with NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program to help marine conservation and education professionals from eight agencies in American Samoa approach their work strategically. Participants learned key components of strategic communications, and applied these concepts to develop communications plans for climate change preparation projects in American Samoa. Based on participants’ needs, training was also provided in media relations with opportunity for practical application of these skills. Read the report.
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Strategic Communications – Florida, 2015

A four-day learning exchange was held in partnership with the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute and NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program to help marine conservation professionals approach their outreach and communications work strategically. Participants learned key components of strategic communications, and applied these concepts to create their own communications plan. Facilitators worked with participants prior to the event to identify a marine communication project to develop during the learning exchange. Based on participants’ needs, training was also provided in media relations, interviews, and social marketing, with opportunities for practical application of these skills. Read the report.
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Western Indian Ocean Training of Trainers – Zanzibar, 2013

The fourth in a series of four Training of Trainers (TOT) workshops included 25 managers from 10 countries throughout the Western Indian Ocean. Participants completed a 16-week online course prior to the in-person workshop. The five-day workshop was designed to create an atmosphere of learning and exchange with multiple opportunities for participants to share ideas with each other and interact with experts. Training in each topic area was provided throughout the week and expert coaches supported the participants in the development of a specific training plan for implementation in their area to build resilience into reef management.
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