[Coral-List] NOAA Coral Reef International Strategy

Jim Hendee Jim.Hendee at noaa.gov
Tue Dec 2 15:28:55 EST 2008


    Kacky Andrew's original message did not go through.  Here it is:

Dear Coral Community,

As you may know, last year the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program 
(CRCP) underwent an external review to assess its effectiveness in 
conserving coral reefs. A major recommendation from the review was to 
expand NOAA support and leadership for international coral reef 
conservation. As a response, the CRCP is assessing future direction for 
its international program, which is currently implemented primarily 
through the NOAA International Coral Grants program and the National 
Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Coral Reef Conservation Fund.

Over the next four months NOAA will work with federal agency and NGO 
partners to draft a new CRCP International Strategy. During this period 
we are seeking input from the broader coral reef community, particularly 
former and current international coral grantees, to help us identify 
regional needs and priorities and articulate goals and objectives.

There are three opportunities to engage in the process:

Phase 1:  We are asking for identification regional needs assessments to 
identify the most pressing regional threats, gaps, needs and/or 
solutions.  Please identify any regional needs assessments that have 
been completed and email these directly to Scot.Frew at noaa.gov 
<mailto:Scot.Frew at noaa.gov> or Christy.Loper at noaa.gov 
<mailto:Christy.Loper at noaa.gov> *by Wednesday, December 10* (please do 
not "reply all" on this listserve). Examples include Reefs at Risk, 
Caribbean (2004) and the draft Coral Triangle Initiative Regional Plan 
of Action.

Phase 2:  Follow the development of the International Coral Strategy via 
the CRCP webpage:
http://www.coralreef.noaa.gov/wgroups/welcome.html.  Notes of working 
group meetings and interim products will be posted regularly. You may 
provide input or suggestions along the way by emailing Christy or Scot.

Phase 3:  Review and comment on the draft CRCP International Strategy, 
anticipated in March 2009.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact 
Scot.Frew at noaa.gov <mailto:Scot.Frew at noaa.gov> or Christy.Loper at noaa.gov 
<mailto:Christy.Loper at noaa.gov>

Kacky Andrews
Program Manager
NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program

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