[CDHC] Coral Reef Conservation Program Review seeking Public comment
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.
To evaluate and improve the success of its efforts to understand and
conserve coral reefs, NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program
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
Federal Register Notice *
As part of this review, the CRCP is looking for input from stakeholders
and partners via a Federal Register Notice
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
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)
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
cheryl.woodley at noaa.gov
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