Improved fisheries training curriculum to assist communities to manage their fisheries sustainably

Originally posted by By Kelera Serelini–Varawa on the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape blog. For many Fijians, coastal fisheries provide an important source of food and income. Unfortunately, pressure on these precious resources is increasing. Many finfish and invertebrate fisheries are over-exploited, and coastal habitats are becoming degraded by poor land-use practices or destructive fishing methods. Adding to … Continue reading Improved fisheries training curriculum to assist communities to manage their fisheries sustainably

Tools workshop on responsible sustainable development in East New Britain

Two weeks ago I was in Kokopo, in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea with a dedicated team from The Nature Conservancy, CSIRO and the University of Queensland. I was there to help facilitate one of their workshops on delivering tools that can help local-level governments (LLGs) work towards creating their land- and sea-use plans, ultimately informing their own sustainable … Continue reading Tools workshop on responsible sustainable development in East New Britain

Research reconnaissance in the Myeik Archipelago, Myanmar

In the far southern coast of Myanmar (formally Burma) lies a group of around 800 tropical islands, collectively called the Myeik Archipelago. This is an area of ecological and social significance to Myanmar, and a proposed marine protected area (MPA) site. I was lucky enough to visit the archipelago last week with my supervisor Dr. Amy … Continue reading Research reconnaissance in the Myeik Archipelago, Myanmar

Helping to improve management effectiveness in Indian coastal and marine protected areas

I was recently invited by the Wildlife Institute of India (with funding from GIZ India) to visit the Andaman Islands, a 2.5 hour flight east from Chennai.  The trip was primarily to workshop a draft approach that I had developed to assist the Indians to better assess the management effectiveness of their MPAs.  Together with … Continue reading Helping to improve management effectiveness in Indian coastal and marine protected areas

Mapping collaboration networks in the Philippines

Last week I was in the Philippines, trying to understand what motivates collaboration between local governments on coastal resource management. The Philippines is recognised as leading the way in “scaling up” from locally managed marine protected areas (MPAs) to MPA networks. Responsibility for managing coastal resources (and designating MPAs) is devolved to local municipalities, many of … Continue reading Mapping collaboration networks in the Philippines

Investigating stakeholder perceptions of resource decline: a case study from the Danajon Bank, Philippines

I recently visited the Danajon Bank Double Barrier Reef in the Philippines to investigate what stakeholder groups with interests in fisheries perceive to be the main drivers of fish decline and which conservation strategies are present to mitigate these main drivers. I conducted this research because fish populations are declining in the Danajon Bank and … Continue reading Investigating stakeholder perceptions of resource decline: a case study from the Danajon Bank, Philippines

Going into the field to determine how perceived drivers of fish populations vary between different stakeholder groups.

Principal Investigator: Jeremy Horowitz Supervisors: Professor Bob Pressey, Dr. Georgina Gurney, Dr. Amelia Wenger Danajon Bank is the only double barrier reef in the Philippines, and one of six in the world. It has significant conservation values and faces diverse threats from human activities, both in the marine environment and in nearby catchments that flow … Continue reading Going into the field to determine how perceived drivers of fish populations vary between different stakeholder groups.

OIST workshop on Ecological and Socio-economic Impacts of Marine and Terrestrial Conservation Policy

Last week I was fortunate to visit the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology as an invited speaker for a workshop on Ecological and Socio-economic Impacts of Marine and Terrestrial Conservation Policy. I was, at first, a little skeptical of the OIST workshop format - a series of hour long seminars, with no intended "output" … Continue reading OIST workshop on Ecological and Socio-economic Impacts of Marine and Terrestrial Conservation Policy

Bali workshop on social-ecological monitoring and evaluation

Georgina recently participated in a workshop on social-ecological monitoring and evaluation hosted by the Indonesian branch of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The workshop was held in a beautiful villa in Bali; work-travel can have its benefits! Georgina is working with WCS, primarily Emily Darling who is leading the project, to develop a global social-ecological monitoring … Continue reading Bali workshop on social-ecological monitoring and evaluation