[Coral-List] Society for Conservation Biology Coral Reefs Working Group

Observatorio Pro Arrecifes Coralinos icri.colombia at gmail.com
Fri Sep 23 10:48:55 EDT 2016

Thanks for your communication Dominique, Provisional Leader and Fraser
Provisional Deputy Leader of our SCB Coral Reefs Working Group. We
certainly welcome to join us, new coral reef researchers, conservation
professionals, stakeholders representatives and students.

A proof of the activities that support Making Marine Science Matter,
it is that the Executive Director of the Society for Conservation
Biology, Dr. Geri Unger wrote a letter to the President of Colombia
regarding our request to support the coral reefs conservation

A Coral Reefs Session is one of the activities that is being planned
for the Conference Steering Committee of  the 28th International
Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB) that will be held in
Cartagena, Colombia. We also hope that next year all the founders of
the SCB Coral Reefs Working Group and the new members that will join
us from the Coral-List can visit or learn more about our case study

Cordial saludo,

Nohora Galvis
One of the Founders of the SCB Coral Reefs Working Group
Directora Observatorio Pro Arrecifes
Fundación ICRI Colombia
Coordinadora Red Nacional de Observadores Voluntarios del Arrecife (RENOVO)

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2016-09-22 8:03 GMT-05:00, Fraser J-H <f.a.hartley at gmail.com>:
> Dear Coral List,
> We would like to introduce the Coral Reefs Working Group at the Society for
> Conservation Biology. As you all know, Coral Reefs are a global ecosystem
> present on all continents except Europe and Antarctica. You can read our
> short rationale, statement of intent and activities for the working group
> so that everyone can know what we wish to achieve here (
> https://conbio.org/groups/working-groups/coral-reef-working-group/). We
> have also attached a list of our near-term objectives, as well as a couple
> of projects that we aim to start soon.
> Because coral reef science and conservation is global, one of the main
> objectives of the CRWG is to represent the diversity of practitioners. We
> aspire to communicate the goals of the CRWG, the policy statements and the
> outreach in ways and languages that represent this diversity. Currently
> both the rationale and the list of objectives are in English and will soon
> be translated to French, because those are the languages that we (Fraser &
> Dominique) are fluent in. Therefore, we are asking that any of you who
> would be interested in joining the working group if and in writing or
> translating statements into other languages please email either us with
> your name and the languages you would be willing to translate to. In the
> future, when we become an official working group, we will be holding
> elections for board members, and we particularly want to encourage members
> who are not European, North American or Australian to put themselves
> forward for roles on the board. The majority of coral reefs are in
> countries outside these regions, and we believe it essential for the
> long-term health of the working group and reef conservation in general that
> these countries are adequately represented and championed.
> We are currently a provisional working group, and will be pushing for full
> status later this year. To achieve full status, we need 100 signed-up
> members but the more the merrier so please join us. To participate in the
> CRWG you need to be a member of the Society for Conservation Biology. If
> you have registered for or been to an SCB conference in the last 12 months
> (e.g. IMMC, Oceania, Africa) you will likely have become a member of SCB
> then. If not, the membership rates and benefits are on the SCB website here
> (https://conbio.org/membership/become-a-member), and there are reduced
> rates for students and members from developing countries. Currently the
> CRWG only has provisional status, so once you join SCB (or if you are
> already a member) you will have to send your SCB ID number to either Fraser
> (f.a.hartley at gmail.com) or Dominique (dominique.pelletier at ifremer.fr ) for
> them to add you to the membership list. If you are interested in joining,
> we would like to know a little more about you:
> - do you think of yourself as a practitioner, a scientist, a policy maker,
> something else or a combination?
> - are you a student?
> - where do you work ?
> - can we make this information available to the group?
> We would also welcome suggestions for other activities the working group
> could undertake, and let us know if you would be interested in helping with
> any of these. Further, we will need to elect a governing board for the
> working group, and if you wish to be involved please note your interest. We
> will be holding elections later this year.
> Many thanks for your time reading this long email,
> Dominique Pelletier and Fraser Januchowski-Hartley
> Dominique is a senior scientist at the French Institute for the
> Exploitation of the Sea, currently based in Nouméa, New Caledonia. She was
> trained as a modeler and biostatistician in the field of marine ecology.
> She has been working on Marine Protected Areas for more than 15 years. She
> has led a number of modeling projects and multidisciplinary projects to
> address the issue of MPA management effectiveness. Her present project is
> funded by managers of MPA and World Heritage sites in New Caledonia, and is
> based on underwater video, and collection of data on lagoon uses and
> pressures for assessment.
> Fraser is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Institut de Recherche
> pour le Développement based at the University of Montpellier. His
> background is in coral reef fish ecology, and is currently working on coral
> reefs as a socio-ecological system, with his main goals being to identify
> both how human use impacts reef health, and within this context how
> provision of ecosystem services can be maintained to both benefit humans
> and ensure the long-term future of coral reefs.
> --
> Fraser Januchowski-Hartley, PhD
> UMR 248 MARBEC | Université de Montpellier 2 | 34095 Montpellier Cedex
> | France
> UMR 250 ENTROPIE | Centre IRD de Noumea, BP A5 | 98848 Noumea cedex | New
> Caledonia
> Email: f.a.hartley at gmail.com <f.hartley at exeter.ac.uk>
> Skype: fraser.hartley
> Phone: +33 (0)
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