[CDHC] Coral Reef Conservation Program Review seeking Public comment

Cheryl Woodley cheryl.woodley at noaa.gov
Fri Jul 13 19:34:48 EDT 2007

Dear CDHC members
....For those that have seen this I apologize for the double 
posting....however many of you may not be aware that the CRCP is 
undergoing an External Program Review. This is the program that supports 
the CDHC among other projects. If you'd like to contribute comments for 
consideration as part of the review process please see below a list of 
questions and instructions on how to submit your comments.

Dear colleagues:

To evaluate and improve the success of its efforts to understand and 
conserve coral reefs, NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program 
<http://www.coralreef.noaa.gov/> (CRCP)(http://www.coralreef.noaa.gov/) 
is undertaking a comprehensive external review of the Program. The 
purpose of the review is to:

* Evaluate the success of the CRCP in meeting the purposes of the
Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 (Section 202) and the National
Coral Reef Action Strategy during the period 2002-2006
* Provide recommendations that the CRCP may use to improve the Program

The review will take place in September 2007 and will be conducted by a 
seven-member Blue Ribbon Panel of experts in natural resource science 
and management.

Federal Register Notice *

As part of this review, the CRCP is looking for input from stakeholders 
and partners via a Federal Register Notice 
<http://www.coralreef.noaa.gov/Library/Publications/review_frn.pdf>. An 
independent contractor will summarize all comments received in response 
to this request and will provide them to the review panel.

The CRCP is most interested in obtaining feedback based on the public’s 
interaction and experience with the Program. Background information 
concerning the CRCP and its activities is available on the CRCP's 
website (http://www.coralreef.noaa.gov/review.html) 

The CRCP is seeking input on the following questions. Please note that 
you do not need to address all questions, and the CRCP welcomes 
additional input on topics not covered in the questions listed. Because 
of volume of comments anticipated, the CRCP will not be able to 
individually respond to those providing comments.

* Is the Program focusing efforts on the right suite of activities
to advance coral reef conservation?
* Are the Program's efforts in various geographic areas appropriate
to address the issues in each region?
* Are the Program's science and observation efforts (e.g., research,
mapping, and monitoring) adequately addressing management needs,
and informing and resulting in management actions?
* Have the Program's education and outreach efforts been effective
in reaching the proper audiences?
* Is the Program providing effective leadership and building useful
partnerships to advance coral reef conservation?
* How can the CRCP improve its impact and performance in the future?

*Your comments must be submitted no later than July 19, 2007. You may 
submit comments electronically via email to **crcp.comments at noaa.gov* 
<mailto:crcp.comments at noaa.gov>*. You may also submit comments in 
writing to: *

*Coral Reef Conservation Program
c/o Roger Griffis
1305 East-West Highway
Sta. 10122, (N/ORM)
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.*

/(Optional)/ When you submit your comments, you are welcome to provide 
background information about yourself, such as your organization(s), 
area(s) of expertise, and experience with the CRCP. This information 
will be used by the independent consultant who will compile and 
summarize the comments.

For additional information contact:

Roger Griffis <mailto:roger.b.griffis at noaa.gov> (roger.b.griffis at noaa.gov)
Program Coordinator
Coral Reef Conservation Program
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(301) 713-3155 x152

Cheryl Woodley, Ph.D.
Coral Health and Disease Program

Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research
Hollings Marine Laboratory
331 Fort Johnson Rd
Charleston, SC 29412
843.762.8862 Phone
843.762.8737 Fax
cheryl.woodley at noaa.gov

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