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Dear colleagues,

It’s my pleasure to report to you that a Head Agreement was signed between The University of Queensland (UQ) and the World Bank today (6 November, 2013), officially paving the way for the appointment of the UQ Global Change Institute to manage the new CCRES (Capturing Coral Reef & Related Ecosystem Services) project.
For some of you this may be the first you have heard of CCRES. Many of you will remember the Coral Reef Targeted Research & Capacity Building for Management (CRTR) program, which was joint-funded by the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UQ. Well, this is “Phase Two”.
Put simply, CCRES is a knowledge and innovation initiative which seeks to unlock the natural wealth of coastlines in the East Asia-Pacific, in order to enhance livelihoods and food security, improve community health and wellbeing and sustain coastal ecosystems in the region.
Today’s agreement is the result of much hard work by the many parties involved and I would like to thank our CCRES partners - The University of Queensland; Cornell University; the University of California, Davis; Currie Communications; WWF US; the University of the Philippines; and De La Salle University - which will provide world-class expertise in research, business innovation and engagement.

Why is CCRES important?
Healthy coastal ecosystems are essential for the livelihoods, food security, safety, wellbeing and a sense of cultural identity for one billion people living in low-lying coastal areas across the East Asia-Pacific.

Coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass beds and their multitude of services, including reef fisheries, ecotourism, coastal defence, blue carbon sequestration and storage, and water filtration, are under threat from human pollution, unsustainable development, overfishing and climate change.

Unlocking the economic and social value of these ecosystems provides an incentive for local communities, businesses and policy-makers to preserve them (and their services) for the benefit of future generations.

These coastal and marine ecosystem services in the East Asia-Pacific are linked to globally-important marine biodiversity and underpin an enormous part of the regional economy.
How will CCRES work?

CCRES will undertake research to calculate a value for the contribution which natural assets in the coastal environment - seagrass beds, mangroves, coral reefs – make to livelihoods, food security and climate resilience in coastal communities across the East Asia Pacific region.
The project will develop eco-friendly businesses, toolkits and spatial planning models which will harness the value of the coastal natural capital and assist communities to develop new, sustainable revenue streams. CCRES will involve local, national and regional communities, businesses and policy-makers in the project, so they think differently about what coastal plants, water, organisms and biodiversity are worth to their way of life.
Initially, pilot sites will be established ‘on the ground’ in Indonesia and the Philippines.

The project’s research findings and business innovations will be shared nationally, regionally and globally.
How can you get involved?
1.     Visit the GCI web site to learn more about CCRES and our work
2.     Follow @ccresnet on Twitter and join the conversation #ccresnet
3.     Share these tweets and posts with your own contacts and partners
  • @ccresnet @GCITweet @theGEF @WorldBank set to unlock natural wealth of the coastlines in #Indonesia #Philippines  #ccresnet
  • @ccresnet set to benefit #livelihoods #foodsecurity #wellbeing #environment in coastal communities #Indonesia #Philippines #ccresnet
  • @ccresnet set to sustain #coralreefs #mangroves #seagrasses for future generations in East Asia-Pacific #oceans #MPAs #ccresnet
  • @Cornell @DLSUManila @upsystem @World_Wildlife @ucdavis @bluechillie @uqnewsonline named partners in @ccresnet #oceans #foodsecurity 
4.     Interact with us on Facebook
We look forward to hearing from you.
Stay tuned for what’s next
Watch out for news of the official launch of CCRES, which is planned for February 2014.
We’re also working on getting the CCRES website up and running early next year, so you can read more at your leisure. We will be sure to let you know when we do.
Best wishes from the CCRES team.
Melanie King
Deputy Director
Global Change Institute

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