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Capturing Coral Reef & Related Ecosystem Services (CCRES)
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Edition 06 | August 2015
We're in the field in Indonesia. Dr Alice Rogers from The University of Queensland, a member of the ecosystem services valuation team, is towed on a manta board to survey coral reef cover and habitat at Selayar, South Sulawesi. (Picture: N. Wolff)

Knowledge holds key to unlocking ecosystem value

Research is essential if we are to find ways to enhance livelihoods, manage food security, improve community wellbeing and sustain coastal ecosystems.

CCRES is doing research that creates knowledge, using innovative methods to unlock value from this new knowledge, and engaging with stakeholders to share what we find.

Our work at two coastal sites in the East Asia-Pacific region encompasses ecosystem services, business innovation, system dynamics and behavioural change. This activity is laying the groundwork for development of tools and models.

However, these tools and models will not have much impact without understanding the most effective way of engaging our beneficiaries and stakeholders in Indonesia and the Philippines. So, the CCRES team continues to involve in-country partners in the planning of research, the design of technical products and the delivery of outputs.

This month we announce our partners and collaborators in Indonesia (see story below) and start fieldwork with international and local researchers at Selayar.

Our next challenge will be to decide how we share the knowledge we create with a wider audience and scale-up the project regionally and globally, beyond our two pilot sites.

Melanie King
Senior Advisor

Suryo Kusumo (standing), Center for Coastal and Marine Resources Studies, Bogor Agricultural University, facilitates a discussion with members of the Bontomatene community at Selayar. (Picture: M. King)

Green light for fieldwork in Indonesia

Fieldwork at Selayar has begun, following the granting of research permits for CCRES international researchers to work in Indonesia.

The permits, together with Memorandums of Understanding with the Ministry for Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Bogor, and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), means research began this month.

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Left: Coral bleaching - one of the impacts of climate change - at Fiji during 2015. (Picture: P. Mumby) Right: Lead author Nicholas Wolff, a member of the CCRES ecosystem services valuation team.

Climate change impact on coral reefs ‘not fair’

All coral reefs suffer under climate change but the impacts on some countries are much lighter than would be considered ‘fair’, given their contribution to global warming and ocean acidification.

A report published in the journal Global Change Biology compared the projected impacts of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on the world’s coral reefs with the contribution each country made to the problem.

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Jessa Salvador and Unice Roa, from Palawan State University, conduct a household interview with a resident of Barangay Bueno Suerte, El Nido. Philippines. (Picture: T. Gilliland)

Generating economic insights into local economies

The first model to pair bio-economics with a Local Economy-Wide Impact Evaluation model (Bio-LEWIE model) is being developed by CCRES at El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.

Led by Professor Jim Sanchirico and Mr Ted Gilliland at the University of California, Davis, the work seeks to understand and respond to the economics of tourism and fishing in the municipality.

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(L to R) Dr Firdaus Agung, Mr Adrian Ross, Ms Miledel (Mags) Quibilan, Dr Zainal Arifin, Undersecretary Analiza Teh, Ms Melanie King and Dr Maya Villaluz. (Picture: G. Sheehan)

Focus on “accessible” products critical: Board

The knowledge products and technical models developed by CCRES should be accessible, scalable and transferable beyond the East-Asia Pacific region.

That’s the view of the CCRES Advisory Board which met at El Nido, Philippines, in May to review the project’s blueprint for 2015-16, as well as the years ahead.

Hear from some of our Advisory Board members:

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Left: Laying out tiles during reef complexity work at El Nido, Philippines. (Picture: C. Castro) Right: A tile used to measure algal growth (Picture: M. Quibilan)

Valuing coral reef fisheries productivity, in relation to habitat

A food web model for coral reefs that accounts for the influence of coral reef structure and health on community dynamics is being developed by the CCRES project.

The model will assist coastal managers to provide estimates of the value of coral reef fisheries and their potential to change over time at two pilot sites, El Nido, Philippines and Selayar, Indonesia.

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The communities of Selayar want the best for their children - better education, better health, better quality of life - and they’re motivated to work with CCRES to secure it. (Picture: J. Pickering)

Engaging parents to promote behaviour change

Educating people about the benefits of the science behind sustainability has often failed to promote changes in the way coastal communities interact with their environment.

So CCRES is taking a new and holistic approach to tackle the complex problem of empowering coastal communities to undertake sustainable fishing and protect coral reefs.

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CCRES partners with PEMSEA EAS2015

CCRES is excited to be partnering with PEMSEA in staging the session, Accelerating actions for sustainable development and climate change, at the East Asian Seas 2015 Congress at Danang, Vietnam, on November 16-21, 2015.

CCRES Chief Scientist Professor Peter Mumby is keynote speaker for a session dedicated to the valuation of coastal ecosystem services and Senior Advisor Melanie King will convene a session covering knowledge management for the blue economy.

Dr.Joleah Lamb, Cornell University, and Dr. Syafyuddin Yusuf, Hasanuddin University, survey corals for signs of disease. (Picture: C Couch)

Study examines seagrass services to health

The role of seagrass beds for improving seaweed farming businesses is being studied by research teams at Hasanuddin University, Makassar, Indonesia, and Cornell University, Ithaca, US.

The new study follows the teams’ success documenting the role of seagrass in filtering pathogens from reefs adjacent to coastal islands in Indonesia.

Together these two studies promise to allow the CCRES project to model the ecosystem service value of seagrasses to human health, coral reef health and algal farming.

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Researchers from The University of Queensland, UP Marine Science Institute, (UPMSI), De La Salle University and UP Los Baños meet in Manila, Philippines, during June. (Picture: K. Follosco)

Spotlight on spatial planning models, tools

A working group of scientists from four universities in the Philippines and Australia has been formed to research spatial modeling of fisheries and marine protected areas (MPAs).

The researchers - from The University of Queensland, UP Marine Science Institute, (UPMSI), De La Salle University and UP Los Baños – met at a workshop in Manila, Philippines, during June.

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Palawan State University team members Marissa Pontillas, Eva Marie Ponce de Leon, and Gianina Decano facilitate discussion among fishers and fisherfolk of the Barangay of Bucan, El Nido, Philippines. (Picture: K. Follosco)

Philippines partners run focus groups

A series of focus groups facilitated by local partners in the Philippines, Palawan State University, El Nido Foundation and the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development has been completed.

The data collected during these discussions will be used to map the links between ecological and socio-economic systems and identify how ecosystem services can be maintained or enhanced.

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