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SEMINAR: Maurice Knight – A Brief History of the Coral Triangle Initiative

Apologies – due to unforeseen circumstances, Maurice’s seminar has been postponed to a later date.

A Brief History of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security and Perspectives on the Role and Outcomes of the USAID Coral Triangle Support Program

Maurice will provide a broad overview of the USAID Coral Triangle Support Program (USCTI and present some of the results of the end-of-project learning exercise. His presentation will include perspectives on progress in achieving multi-level governance, including vertical (regional, national, local) and horizontal (thematic and across countries) integration, effectiveness of learning networks, some interesting findings on country-by-country results, and aspects of network analysis and the overall prospects for sustained implementation and growth of the six-nation Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security. He will close with some comments on the role of academic research in the future of the CTI-CFF itself.

When: Friday, 14th of March 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs

Where: Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room #106 (upstairs), JCU, Townsville; video-linked to the University of Queensland (GCI Boardroom, Level 7, Gehrmann Building 60

Maurice-KnightMaurice Knight is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and currently under appointment as the director of the Pacific Mission of the United States Agency for International Development based in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. As a senior member of USAID’s staff, he is directly responsible for ensuring USAID’s full portfolio (environment [terrestrial and coastal/marine], climate change, health, economic development, conflict mitigation and HIV/AIDS [in PNG]) is meeting its objectives in the Pacific including the countries of Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. He reports directly to the US Ambassadors in the region, and to the USAID Mission Director in Manila, Philippines on progress of all USAID Pacific programs and projects.
As its Chief of Party (team leader), Maurice in January 2014 completed the 5.5 years Coral Triangle Support Partnership (CTSP), the largest component of USAID’s support to the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF).

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