Collaborative projects

The Australia Caribbean Coral Reef Collaboration, with its focus on building capacity to manage reefs in a changing climate, aims to develop and test tools, approaches and policy frameworks that coral reef managers and policymakers can use for real-world outcomes.

Partnerships between the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, international experts, leading Caribbean organizations and reef management agencies underpin a suite of projects designed to complement existing regional initiatives to support the capacity of Caribbean reef managers in building reef resilience. The collaborative projects address key priorities identified in the Regional Plan of Action and position the Caribbean as a key player in global efforts to adapt coral reef management to climate change. The projects will support the efforts of coral reef managers by:

  • increasing knowledge and building capacity
  • developing and testing tools, approaches and policy frameworks
  • sharing experiences and expertise among Caribbean, Australian and international experts.

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Marine Biodiversity Offsets

Marine biodiversity offsets

Exploring approaches to reduce local pressures on coral reefs for no net loss of biodiversity in a changing climate.

Based in Belize, this project draws on recent international developments and best practice to examine the potential for  offsets as a tool for protecting biodiversity and sustaining ecosystem services in a changing climate. A world-first marine biodiversity offsets framework will outline ways governments, corporations and stakeholders can work together to achieve sustainable coastal development while reducing the vulnerability of coral reef ecosystems and coastal communities to climate change.   Read more >

Outlook Reporting

Outlook reporting

Developing an Outlook Report to support integrated coastal & marine decision making in St Lucia.

The Outlook reporting project will develop a framework and process for incorporating climate change and resource dependency (human-ecosystem linkages) into strategic assessment and forward planning across the land-sea interface. Principal outcomes will include improved dialogue among stakeholders and decision-makers, better understanding of current and future threats to coastal and marine ecosystems and a shared vision for achieving development that is sustainable and resilient to climate change. Read more >


Monitoring multi-tool for managers

Designing a monitoring toolkit to meet the needs of Caribbean coral reef managers.

Building on experiences from around the world, this project will develop a monitoring and assessment framework to help managers get the information they need to make timely, appropriate decisions. The framework will include methods for rapid and participatory assessment of the condition of reef ecosystems, coastal communities, social impacts and system drivers. It will be designed to directly support critical information needs by collecting information in a cost-effective and timely manner, and by integrating the information into a readily usable reporting format. Read more

Social Resilience

Building social resilience

Producing a guide to help reef managers understand and use social vulnerability and impact assessments. 

This project will help Caribbean coral reef managers to understand resource dependency, social resilience and vulnerability and to integrate social science into management programs. It will give managers and decision-makers key concepts, tools and methods for designing, managing and utilising social impact and vulnerability assessments.  This knowledge will enable managers and decision-makers to be proactive in building ecological and social resilience to climate change as a part of the sustainable development agenda. Read more >

Reef Stewardship

Reef stewardship

Harnessing people power: a Caribbean program for building reef stewardship.

Working with the  FIsheries Division of the Government of Grenada, we will design a reef stewardship program framework, planning tools and resources. These will help to build public support for participation in coral reef management activities that build the resilience of reefs and local communities to climate change. Read more >