[Coral-List] ICRS 2012 Coral Triangle Initiative theme

Weeks, Rebecca rebecca.weeks at jcu.edu.au
Tue Jun 14 18:48:22 EDT 2011

Dear all, 

Please see below for information on the Coral Triangle Initiative theme at ICRS 2012. 
Note that the call for abstracts for mini-symposia will be open from July 1 – October 1 2011. 

12th International Coral Reef Symposium
Coral Triangle Initiative Theme
Mini-Symposia & Events

9-13 July 2012 - Cairns - QLD - Australia


The Coral Triangle (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, and neighbouring countries) is home to the highest diversity of marine life on Earth. The coral reefs in this region support the livelihoods of more than 120 million people, and are increasingly under pressure both from the impacts of global climate change and local threats from unsustainable fishing practices and coastal development. 

The Coral Triangle Initiative theme at ICRS is dedicated to addressing critical research and management challenges in this region. Mini-symposia will include both symposium sessions and workshops, and out-of-session events will bring together everyone with an interest in these issues for lively discussion. The call for abstracts for mini-symposia will be open from July 1 – October 1 2011. Cairns is easily accessible from the Coral Triangle, and the organisers of the three mini-symposia particularly encourage submissions from scientists and practitioners working in these countries.

Session 17A: Management-relevant science to support the Coral Triangle Initiative on coral reefs, fisheries and food security (Convenors: Helen Fox, WWF; Carissa Klein, University of Queensland; Maurice Knight, Coral Triangle Support Partnership; Al Lombana, WWF; & Lida Pet, WWF)

The Coral Triangle Initiative has galvanised support from multiple institutions and innovative research approaches focused on social and economic aspects of conservation. In this mini-symposium, we will feature recent management-relevant science that is being used to inform decision-making at multiple scales across the Coral Triangle, e.g.: 
	-	Building capacity of Coral Triangle countries to implement an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) 
	-	Integrating ecological and socioeconomic data to explore trade-offs and variation in MPA impacts
	-	Sustainable financing and economic incentives for marine conservation 
	-	Insights for policy and future research 

Session 17B: Marine protected areas and networks in the Coral Triangle: Progress towards resilient networks and a regional MPA system (Convenors: Alan White, The Nature Conservancy; Patrick Christie, School of Marine Affaires, University of Washington; Porfirio Aliño, Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines & Alison Green, The Nature Conservancy)

Since 1980, more than 1500 MPAs have been established in the Coral Triangle region. This session will highlight successes and lessons being learned through the development and implementation of resilient MPA networks and ecosystem-based management outcomes. Potential subjects include:
	-	Developing resilient MPA networks to achieve ecosystem-based management
	-	Incorporating connectivity into MPA network design in practical ways
	-	What does “resilient” mean for MPA network design, and how is it achieved?
	-	What roles do MPA networks have in spreading risk for pending climate change?
	-	Issues and opportunities derived from social ecological field research on MPAs
	-	Lessons from progress towards the development of Coral Triangle MPA System
	-	What will constitute a true Coral Triangle MPA System?

Session 17C: Scaling up and scaling down for marine conservation: bridging the gap between regional-scale design and local-scale actions (Convenors: Bob Pressey & Rebecca Weeks, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University)

Regional design and local action are both crucial to achieving conservation goals, and have complementary strengths and limitations. With regional designs, planners identify systems of areas that are more than the sums of their parts but are rarely translated into actions. Local actions are motivated, understood and informed by the communities most directly affected by the associated constraints on resource use, but tend to form collections, not integrated systems. Combining design and action requires scaling up and down. Issues to be covered include:
	-	Conceptual, operational, policy and institutional implications of scaling up and down
	-	Effective approaches for scaling up local actions to achieve regional objectives
	-	Effective approaches for incorporating local objectives, opportunities and constraints in regional planning
	-	Examples of how regional planning and local actions can inform one another
	***  Please note that this mini-symposium also welcomes presentations from outside of the Coral Triangle region

Out of session events

The following out-of session events are open to all symposium attendees:

Evening working session on scaling up and down in the Coral Triangle
	-	This focus group session will apply lessons learned from mini-symposium 17C to move towards outcomes in the form of peer-reviewed publications, collaborative projects, or guidance documents for the Coral Triangle Support Partnership.

Coral Triangle evening mixer
	-	A great opportunity to mix with people working on projects in the Coral Triangle region in an informal setting. 

Dr Rebecca Weeks
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University
Queensland 4811

Phone: +61 7 4781 4853
E-mail: rebecca.weeks at jcu.edu.au
Skype: rebeccaweeks

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