GCRF Building capacity for sustainable interactions with marine ecosystems for health, wellbeing, food and livelihoods of coastal communities

Lead Research Organisation: Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Department Name: Plymouth Marine Lab

Abstract

Seas and coasts and the nature that lives in them provide multiple services (e.g. farmed and wild capture protein-rich seafood for local consumption and sale, coastal flood and storm defences, tourism, leisure, marine renewable energy, transport and climate regulation) that can be exploited or are passively used to support local economies and the health and well-being of coastal communities. Yet, there is an increasing demand for ocean space resulting from expanding use of the marine environment, and a growing awareness that much of the marine environment is deteriorating. In response a need for marine planning (MP) has grown globally to ensure sustainable use of marine space and extraction of its resources. This is particularly evident in E and SE Asia, where conflicts over marine space and resources are growing, added to by pressures of population growth
The capacity to implement MP throughout E and SE Asia is largely lacking and presents an overarching challenge: to improve the integrated management of marine and coastal environments to reduce conflict between users, mitigate risks associated with expanded or new uses, and protect fragile ecosystems while supporting livelihoods, food security, health and well-being of coastal communities. We will achieve this through collaborative international, interdisciplinary research, training and capacity building. Activities will focus on learning-by-doing among researchers, local stakeholders, and local communities to deliver research outcomes with potential for impact. We have five sub-challenges to address, aligning with three UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG1 no poverty; SDG2 zero hunger; and SDG3 good health and well-being):
Challenge 1: Promote sustainable harvesting by reducing overexploitation of seafood and degradation of the environments, and promoting sustainable management of wild capture seafood and production of seafood through aquaculture.
Challenge 2: Prepare for climate change by understanding its direct and indirect effects on coastal communities and anticipating and mitigating the impacts e.g. coastal wetlands, reefs and mangroves dampen the effects of flooding, storms and tsunamis; their management plays a key role on human wellbeing beyond being sources of food.
Challenge 3: Promote good health: we aim to show how improved management of marine ecosystems may promote health and wellbeing benefits, including but not limited to food and nutrition, and reduce the health risks that arise from degraded and overexploited ecosystems.
Challenge 4: Identify opportunities for future growth: improved management can provide additional, sustainable, opportunities for growth via technologies such as marine renewable energy. We will need to recognise and account for synergies and trade-offs among uses of the marine environment under MP.
Challenge 5: Co-development and implementation of MP: marine plans need to be culturally-acceptable, facilitate growth of, and reduce risks to and conflicts among users of the marine environment, and simultaneously contribute to improving livelihoods, health and wellbeing and ensuring sustainable use of marine ecosystems.
We will focus research, (and learning-by-doing), on case studies in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines and China and marine protected areas in Malaysia.
Ultimately this project will deliver economic, social, health and wellbeing and environmental benefits to coastal communities in SE Asia via co-development of local research capacity, stakeholder engagement, and application of contextually relevant tools for MP that will endure well beyond the four-year programme. We anticipate a future where people can rely on restored and more resilient marine ecosystems that can be used sustainably to support and improve livelihoods. Delivery of that objective will in turn create durable collaborations between academic and non-academic partners to deliver research with transformative impact.

Planned Impact

Millions of people rely on marine and coastal ecosystems for food security, livelihoods and their health and well-being. Increasing demand for ocean space by marine users, conflict between them and growing awareness of the deteriorating state of many components of the marine environment, are all leading to the recognition of the global need for marine planning with community integration. In E/SE Asia, where marine activities are important contributors of GDP, marine spatial planning has been highlighted as a particular need. Through academic-stakeholder collaborations and capacity building, and with community co-creation, Blue Communities will support the development and management of the marine components of selected UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserves and marine parks in E/SE Asia. In so doing, it will provide lessons for the innovative application of integrated marine planning in E/SE Asia and beyond.
Non-academic beneficiaries will include UNESCO Biosphere Reserve/Marine Park personnel, regional and international marine and public health organisations (e.g. PEMSEA, APACPH), NGOs (e.g. INPLF, Blue Ventures, North Devon Biosphere Foundation), local and national government, sector representatives (e.g. fishers and tourism associations) and members of coastal communities. Ensuring successful engagement and the delivery of maximum benefit will require good communication, careful nurturing and sensitive management, with engagement strategies tailored for each group.
Co-production will form the basis of all research activities whereby relevant stakeholders and communities will be incorporated as equal partners in the research process. This will ensure that projects, and the Programme as a whole, respond to a demonstrable need. Stakeholder and coastal community representatives will be invited to join the Expert Advisory Panel, and will have the opportunity to steer the Programme to ensure that all outputs meet identified development challenges.
Stakeholders will benefit from being part of a strengthened interdisciplinary, international network, providing them with access to a range of academic expertise to support the implementation of marine planning. Project outputs will help end-users to make more informed decisions about sustainable use and management of the marine environment; which activities may promote the health and well-being of coastal communities; current and future opportunities for economic growth; and how to prepare for the impacts of climate change. Coastal communities associated with the Biosphere Reserves and Marine Park case studies will benefit from marine plans that incorporate their needs, reduce conflict with other users and support sustainable livelihood development.
All project materials and data will be available to interested stakeholders, including coastal communities, through the Blue Communities website, in the relevant languages. The website will be tailored to the programme's diverse audience with tiered content to provide various levels of accessibility. Information will also be disseminated to coastal communities through community meetings and specially designed materials, taking account of language and potential low levels of literacy. A programme of popular articles in local newspapers and interviews with local radio and TV stations will be pursued in partner E/SE Asian countries. Blue Communities will also hold a 'managers conference' towards the programme end, to showcase the new models, methods of marine spatial planning and other innovations. To this we will invite practitioners from the Western Indian Ocean, Caribbean and Pacific as well as from the UK and E/SE Asia.
Leveraging this four year Programme and its project activities, key beneficiaries will be invited to co-develop further collaborative and cutting-edge research related to marine spatial planning in the region, extending the impact of Blue Communities through enduring interactions.

Publications

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Title Colleagues from the University of Malaya have created an educational comic informing readers about the impact of fish bombing 
Description Colleagues from the University of Malaya have created a comic for schoolchildren entitled (directly translated into English) "Please return, Dolphin". It is an educational booklet using comic cartoons to explain the impacts of fish bombing on the local ecosystems and marine environment. A total of 500 copies have been printed and these will be used for public engagement and for a research study to evaluate changes in the knowledge following distribution and the possible changes in behaviour of local community members during time periods following distribution. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact The impacts will be measured following distribution. 
 
Title Mural of three future scenarios on Taytay City wall 
Description Based on a one day workshop including key representatives of the Taytay Barangay (Palawan, Philippines), three future scenarios were built. These scenarios were then represented in the form of a painted mural on the Taytay city wall. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The painting activity was evaluated in terms of awareness, intentions and future concept as well. we found a significant increase in perceived behavioural control, feeling of responsibility and future concept, three variables play an important role for behaviour change. 
 
Title Schoolchildren in Palawan, Philippines co-wrote and produced a song about environmental issues and the positive actions needs to live sustainably 
Description A group of schoolchildren were inspired by the research conducted by colleagues from Western Philippines University concerning the environmental issues and need for positive actions needed to live sustainably and co-wrote and produced a song. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The song has engaged an audience beyond the schoolchildren's group, including the immediate and extended families and enabled an artistic form of communicating the environmental issues and need to appreciate and protect the ecosystems. 
 
Description Development of strategy and feedback on current strategy for the "Plastic free Semporna" governmental program in Sabah, Malaysia
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact The region Semporna (in Sabah, Malaysia) is currently developing a program in order to become a plastic-free region. This includes reduced consumption of plastic in general, bans of plastic straws, bags and bottles, increased recycling rates, the establishment of local waste management, regular cleanups as well as education programs to various audiences (schools, tourism business, fishers, housewives) and awareness. The impact made was the co-development of the program, feedback on current strategies and the setup of a plan for ongoing evaluation over the next two years.
 
Description Elected Chair of the Partnership of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in North Devon, 2019-
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Invited member of Royal Society working group to produce briefing note on IPCC SROCC report: Ocean, cryosphere and climate change: Opportunities and challenges for the UK. Royal Society Briefing Note. Working group members: Melanie Austen, Jonathan Gregory FRS, Corinne Le Quéré FRS, John Shepherd FRS, Eric Wolff FRS (Chair)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://royalsociety.org/-/media/policy/projects/climate-change/IPCC-special-report-briefing-ocean-c...
 
Description Member Expert Advisory Group for the Government Office for Science Foresight Future of the Sea project. 2016-2018
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/7069...
 
Description Member of Defra Marine Pioneer (North Devon) Steering Group
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Member of the Joint Committee that leads JNCC and has overall responsibility for its work.
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact As a member of the Joint Committee that leads JNCC and has overall responsibility for its work. JNCC is the public body that advises the UK Government and devolved administrations on UK-wide and international nature conservation. JNCC's work helps maintain and enrich biological diversity and conserve geological features. It also helps sustain natural systems, which provide the core "services" we all depend on like food, fresh water and clean air. In this way they contribute to economic growth and social well-being and are integral to sustainable development. JNCC itself is a forum that brings together the UK's four country conservation bodies. They advise Government and a wide range of bodies to help join up policy and to deliver a strong and cost-effective evidence base by helping to see that the best possible return is achieved from investment in research and surveillance in the UK and internationally. As chair of the Marine Protected Areas Sub-Committee we ensure that scientific advice on designating marine reserves across the UK is robust
URL http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-5349
 
Description Member of the UK Government's Natural Capital Committee (NCC) - an independent advisory committee that provides advice to the government on the sustainable use of natural capital - that is, our natural assets including forests, rivers, land, minerals and oceans as well as the benefits we derive from them, such as food, recreation, clean water, hazard protection and clean air. The NCC reports to the Economic Affairs (EA) Committee of the Cabinet.
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/natural-capital-committee
 
Description Strategic Priorities Fund: Sustainable Management of Marine Resources Member of Strategic Advisory Group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description ACU Blue Charter Fellowship
Amount £7,996 (GBP)
Funding ID N/a 
Organisation The Commonwealth Fund 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United States
Start 01/2019 
End 03/2019
 
Description ESRC IAA scheme
Amount £7,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2018 
End 09/2020
 
Description Rufford Foundation: Small Grant awarded to Voon-Ching Lim, University of Malaya. Understanding the socio-ecological systems in the Tun Mustapha Park (TMP), Sabah, Malaysia through the local communities' perspectives.
Amount £4,976 (GBP)
Funding ID 28095-1 
Organisation Rufford Small Grants Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2019 
 
Description UM Partnership Grant titled "Fostering Sustainable Behaviour Among Women and Children within the Marine Park Community through Community-Based Social Marketing" awarded to Hong Ching Goh
Amount RM25,000 (MYR)
Organisation University of Malaya 
Sector Academic/University
Country Malaysia
Start 05/2019 
 
Title Participatory Marine Governance Analysis tools 
Description The Participatory Marine Governance Analysis (PMGA) toolkit outlines a participatory process for analysing the governance of marine parks and biosphere reserves. Key stakeholders systematically analyse the governance context within which they are working, and stakeholders more widely learn from the experiences and knowledge of each other and reflect on how to improve the performance of marine governance in the future. The process of outlined in a manual aimed at researchers in Blue Communities partner universities. A key focus of the PMGA is governance innovations - the creation of new ideas for governing the marine environment and the process by which these ideas are adopted and adapted in new places. Firstly, the manual outlines relevant concepts, before introducing the PMGA process. Secondly, it presents three analytical tools: (i) Institutional Analysis; (ii) Innovation Histories; (iii) and NetMap. The institutional analysis records the wider governance context, the innovation history learns from past processes of change in governance, and NetMap analyses the current relationships and distribution of power within the governance system. In combination these analytical tools support participants to identify opportunities to improve governance processes and outcomes in the future. The manual will be made available publicly once tested in our case studies. 
Type Of Material Technology assay or reagent 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Researchers in partner SE Asian universities and key stakeholders involved as co-researchers have learnt a new approach to governance analysis. As partners implement the research tools, we expect to see tangible impacts within our case study biosphere reserves by stakeholders rethinking their governance and identifying practical solutions to issues identified by the processes. 
 
Title Zoom In 
Description An offline website representing the current situation including all pressing issues in the Blue Communities partner regio Taytay, Palawan, Philippines. the user can freely zoom in and out different topics like fisheries, agriculture or corals and learn via different channels like pictures, short stories, audios, videos and infographics. The target audience is elementary school kids in the Philippines. The tool is bilingual (English and Tagalog) 
Type Of Material Technology assay or reagent 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The tool will be evaluated thoroughly and its use will be compared to other means of environmental communication. this will provide insight into the importance of visualisation and free navigation in environmental communication. 
 
Title CSERM conducted the first observations and data collection on fisheries potential in Tambolongan and Polassi Islands including Selayar 
Description The first observation and data collection on fisheries potential in Tambolongan and Polassi Islands including Selayar were carried out in July 2018. The CSERM team interviewed related local stakeholders, i.e., Head of Selayar Fisheries agency, labour of ice making industry, head of Tambolongan village, Head of Polassi village, and several fishermen in Tambolongan and Polassi Islands. In addition to conducting interviews, the team also carried out direct observations to obtain data on the type and amounts of fish caught, fishing tools, number of fishermen, and market chain of the fish products. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The data collected provides baseline information from which pathways to impact will be measured during the progression of the project. 
 
Title CSERM has conducted fieldworkand collected initial biodiversity data 
Description The objectives of the fieldwork conducted by CSERM were to identify the biodiversity potential and observe the condition of coastal and marine waters in the support of ecotourism development. Furthermore, as none of CSERM members had previously visited the two islands prior to this fieldwork, another objective of the fieldwork was to observe the physical (and socio) conditions in the target locations and initiate contacts with local community in the two islands. All of these were useful in providing technical information (e.g. alternative means of transport, homestay, and other necessities) for other teams planning to visit the islands in the near future. The fieldwork was conducted on 13 - 19 April 2018. Initial biodiversity data collected during the fieldwork consists of marine and terrestrial biodiversity. The terrestrial data focused on the variations of birds in the two island. As for the marine biodiversity, the fieldwork was focused on initial observation of coastal condition by snorkelling. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This initial fieldwork and data collection enabled good preparation of marine biodiversity data collection in the subsequent fieldwork, which would require more labour and equipments. The data collected provides some baseline information from which pathways to impact will be measured during the progression of the project. 
 
Title CSERM has conducted follow up fieldwork in Kanari forest, Tambolongan and Polassi islands 
Description The fieldwork was conducted on 21 - 28 May 2018 in Kanari forest, Tambolongan and Polassi islands to collect socio-economic data (including demographics, resources utilisation, health, education and poverty), biodiversity data, and ecotourism potential (including accessibility, attraction, activities, accommodation, and amenities) data. Further discussions with Head of Taka Bonerate National Park and Head of Local Development Planning Agency were also carried out in finalising the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this field visit. An informal discussion was also conducted with the head of village in Kanari forest regarding socio-economic aspects of community, including total amount of production of kanari (walnut) per month, and also village infrastructure facilities such as water and energy to add to the data collected. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The collection of this data provides additional data for interdisciplinary research across several aspects of the Blue Communities programme. The data collected provides baseline information from which pathways to impact will be measured during the progression of the project. 
 
Title Hanoi National University of Education organised a site visit at Cu Lao Cham to gather data 
Description Researchers from Hanoi National University of Education arranged a site visit from 23-24th March 2018 to enable the research team to become familiar with the study site. The team scoped the study area from mainland to the islands, and gathered data from visiting the coral systems, evaluated the area in Cu Lao Cham forest, visited villages, waste processor/kiln industries, the reservoir dam and talked with the land team leader, leaf-collector group leader, fishermen and the people who allocated sea for protection in Bai Huong village. The ecosystems were evaluated and the environmental pressures considered (e.g. impacts on sea grass ecosystems, overharvesting of fish, pollution, tourism pressures). Additionally, data was gathered on the livelihoods and governance in the case study area. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Additional stakeholders have been engaged during the site visit and awareness of the project being raised. Identification of any gaps in the data and ground-truthing for mapping of ecosystems in Cu Lao Cham - Hoi An has been made. 
 
Title Regional climate model outputs for South East Asian seas 
Description Projections of environmental conditions in South East Asian seas, 1980-2098, created using a coupled hydrodynamic-ecosystem model, POLCOMS-ERSEM, driven by a regionally-downscaled atmospheric model from the CMIP5 set (HadGEM2-ES). Model outputs include temperature, salinity, current speeds, sea surface elevation, nutrients, plankton and bacterial biomass, primary production and pH. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact In use for research in Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia. 
 
Title Western Philippines University collected secondary data at the Local Government Unit of Taytay, Palawan 
Description Researchers from Western Philippines University collected secondary data and Shape files from the Local Government Units of Taytay and Aborlan, Palawan during March 2018. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The correspondence with the Local Government Units in the two case study sites (Taytay and Aborlan) have been strengthened as a result of this data collection. 
 
Description A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Western Philippines University and the Local Government Unit of Aborlan was signed 
Organisation Government of the Republic of the Philippines
Department Local Government Unit of Aborlan
Country Philippines 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The UK research team encouraged and endorsed researchers from Western Philippines University to negotiate and liaise with the Local Government Unit of Aborlan.
Collaborator Contribution Researchers from Western Philippines University arranged and signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Local Government Unit of Aborlan on March 5, 2018
Impact Strengthing collaborations and relations with the stakeholders in the Case Study area will enable coordination of the research to be conducted and engagement with the local communities.
Start Year 2018
 
Description A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Western Philippines University and the Local Government Unit of Taytay was signed 
Organisation Government of the Republic of the Philippines
Department Local Government Information Unit of Taytay
Country Philippines 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The UK researchers have encouraged and supported the MoU with local governments in the case study areas.
Collaborator Contribution Researchers from Western Philippines University have prepared and signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Local Government Unit of Taytay, Palawan on 2nd May 2018.
Impact Strengthing collaborations and relations with the stakeholders in the Case Study area will enable coordination of the research to be conducted and engagement with the local communities.
Start Year 2018
 
Description A collaboration with Yayasan Planet Indonesia (YPI) initiated by Blue Ventures 
Organisation Yayasan Planet Indonesia
Country Indonesia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The UK Research team have encouraged and supported the collaborations being established with other research organisations.
Collaborator Contribution Researchers from Blue Ventures (Indonesia) have been in discussions with a local partner, Yayasan Planet Indonesia (YPI), on the plan to collaborate with Blue Communities. YPI agreed upon the future collaboration in analysing the corelation between health and well-being of coastal community toward marine ecosystem management. Blue Ventures has introduced the YPI team to the research team from Exeter University and strengthened the collaboration and established shared vision. There has been a sharing of resources between Blue Ventures team and YPI to support the design of baseline assessment development. YPI has supported the team from Exeter University in the application of the requesite research permit in Indonesia.
Impact These activities support the realisation of Program Outputs: 3.1 Improved understanding of relationship between marine environment and well-being 6.1 Interdisciplinary, international research teams, comprising researchers at different career stages, addressing pilot research case studies co-created with relevant stakeholders 6.3 Increased experience of UK researchers in E/SE Asia, and increased exposure to overseas issues and challenges.
Start Year 2018
 
Description CSERM at UNAS and ICIT at Heriot Watt University have signed an agreement to work collaboratively 
Organisation Heriot-Watt University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Programme Director has encouraged and endorsed collaborations and partnership with other research institutes to enhance the visibility and productivity of the GCRF Blue Communities programme.
Collaborator Contribution CSERM at UNAS, Indonesia and ICIT at Heriot Watt University, Scotland have signed agreement regarding the training and capacity building as well as advice and technical assistance for case study site's renewable energy resources assessment and integrated renewable energy solutions. The activities have commenced and starting from Q3 2018/2019 with data being provided by Heriot Watt University on solar, wind and tidal information.
Impact The activities are planned to commence in quarter 3 of 2018/2019.
Start Year 2018
 
Description GCRF Blue Communities Advisory Board 
Organisation Curtin University
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Creation of the Advisory Group for the GCRF Blue Communities enabled engagement with representatives of key contacts in intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations and research institutes within and beyond the SE Asia region including: The Executive Director of Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA); the Director of Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health, Curtin University; the Chief Executive Officer of the Sabah Environmental Trust; The Director of the North Devon Biosphere Foundation ; a Senior Scientist at Worldfish; Senior Programme Specialist of the UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific; and the Director, Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning, at the University of British Columbia.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the Advisory Group members were able to provide their expert advice and guidance on a various aspects of the GCRF Blue Communities Programme, including additional networking opportunities, considerations to be included for the risk register, advice on national policy,
Impact The Members of the Advisory Group have reviewed and provided input to the Terms of Reference, Risk Register and provided introductions to stakeholders and relevant networks.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GCRF Blue Communities Advisory Board 
Organisation Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia
Country Philippines 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Creation of the Advisory Group for the GCRF Blue Communities enabled engagement with representatives of key contacts in intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations and research institutes within and beyond the SE Asia region including: The Executive Director of Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA); the Director of Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health, Curtin University; the Chief Executive Officer of the Sabah Environmental Trust; The Director of the North Devon Biosphere Foundation ; a Senior Scientist at Worldfish; Senior Programme Specialist of the UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific; and the Director, Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning, at the University of British Columbia.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the Advisory Group members were able to provide their expert advice and guidance on a various aspects of the GCRF Blue Communities Programme, including additional networking opportunities, considerations to be included for the risk register, advice on national policy,
Impact The Members of the Advisory Group have reviewed and provided input to the Terms of Reference, Risk Register and provided introductions to stakeholders and relevant networks.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GCRF Blue Communities Advisory Board 
Organisation Sabah Environmental Trust
Country Malaysia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Creation of the Advisory Group for the GCRF Blue Communities enabled engagement with representatives of key contacts in intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations and research institutes within and beyond the SE Asia region including: The Executive Director of Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA); the Director of Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health, Curtin University; the Chief Executive Officer of the Sabah Environmental Trust; The Director of the North Devon Biosphere Foundation ; a Senior Scientist at Worldfish; Senior Programme Specialist of the UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific; and the Director, Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning, at the University of British Columbia.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the Advisory Group members were able to provide their expert advice and guidance on a various aspects of the GCRF Blue Communities Programme, including additional networking opportunities, considerations to be included for the risk register, advice on national policy,
Impact The Members of the Advisory Group have reviewed and provided input to the Terms of Reference, Risk Register and provided introductions to stakeholders and relevant networks.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GCRF Blue Communities Advisory Board 
Organisation United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Creation of the Advisory Group for the GCRF Blue Communities enabled engagement with representatives of key contacts in intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations and research institutes within and beyond the SE Asia region including: The Executive Director of Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA); the Director of Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health, Curtin University; the Chief Executive Officer of the Sabah Environmental Trust; The Director of the North Devon Biosphere Foundation ; a Senior Scientist at Worldfish; Senior Programme Specialist of the UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific; and the Director, Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning, at the University of British Columbia.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the Advisory Group members were able to provide their expert advice and guidance on a various aspects of the GCRF Blue Communities Programme, including additional networking opportunities, considerations to be included for the risk register, advice on national policy,
Impact The Members of the Advisory Group have reviewed and provided input to the Terms of Reference, Risk Register and provided introductions to stakeholders and relevant networks.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GCRF Blue Communities Advisory Board 
Organisation University of British Columbia
Department Department of Forest Resources Management
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Creation of the Advisory Group for the GCRF Blue Communities enabled engagement with representatives of key contacts in intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations and research institutes within and beyond the SE Asia region including: The Executive Director of Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA); the Director of Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health, Curtin University; the Chief Executive Officer of the Sabah Environmental Trust; The Director of the North Devon Biosphere Foundation ; a Senior Scientist at Worldfish; Senior Programme Specialist of the UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific; and the Director, Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning, at the University of British Columbia.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the Advisory Group members were able to provide their expert advice and guidance on a various aspects of the GCRF Blue Communities Programme, including additional networking opportunities, considerations to be included for the risk register, advice on national policy,
Impact The Members of the Advisory Group have reviewed and provided input to the Terms of Reference, Risk Register and provided introductions to stakeholders and relevant networks.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GCRF Blue Communities Advisory Board 
Organisation Worldfish
Country Malaysia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Creation of the Advisory Group for the GCRF Blue Communities enabled engagement with representatives of key contacts in intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations and research institutes within and beyond the SE Asia region including: The Executive Director of Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA); the Director of Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health, Curtin University; the Chief Executive Officer of the Sabah Environmental Trust; The Director of the North Devon Biosphere Foundation ; a Senior Scientist at Worldfish; Senior Programme Specialist of the UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific; and the Director, Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning, at the University of British Columbia.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the Advisory Group members were able to provide their expert advice and guidance on a various aspects of the GCRF Blue Communities Programme, including additional networking opportunities, considerations to be included for the risk register, advice on national policy,
Impact The Members of the Advisory Group have reviewed and provided input to the Terms of Reference, Risk Register and provided introductions to stakeholders and relevant networks.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GCRF Blue Communities Kick Off meeting 
Organisation Blue Ventures
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Creating new collaborations and strengthening existing collaborations with research organisations in the Southeast Asia region and non-governmental organisations in the UK who are Partners on the GCRF RCUK Blue Communities Programme at the kick off meeting. This meeting was hosted by one of the overseas partners, the Universiti of Malaya and co-organised by members of the research team from Plymouth Marine Laboratory and attended by programme participants from all ten Programme Partners (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, University of Plymouth, University of Exeter, University of Malaya, Universitas Nasional, Western Philippines University, Hanoi National University of Education, North Devon Biosphere Foundation, Blue Venture, International Pole & Line Foundation). New collaborations were established with researchers from the University of Technology Sydney.
Collaborator Contribution All of the ten Partners worked together to forge stronger collaborations to meet the objectives of the GCRF Blue Communities Programme; to learn about the project partner and case study needs and interests; to identify and co-create agreed research questions (and desired outcome and outputs); to further identify training needs; to plan the implementation of the projects and activities across the case studies whilst ensuring intergration and coherence; and to consider and plan interaction and integration with stakeholders. Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney have relevent experience and expertise in providing information to fisheries managers about teh contribution of small scale tuna fisheries to coastal communities to inform marine planning for the region, with particular experience in Indonesia.
Impact Implementation plans for delivering the 12 sub-project encompassed within the GCRF Blue Communities Programme have been drafted.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GCRF Blue Communities Kick Off meeting 
Organisation Hanoi National University of Education
Country Viet Nam 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Creating new collaborations and strengthening existing collaborations with research organisations in the Southeast Asia region and non-governmental organisations in the UK who are Partners on the GCRF RCUK Blue Communities Programme at the kick off meeting. This meeting was hosted by one of the overseas partners, the Universiti of Malaya and co-organised by members of the research team from Plymouth Marine Laboratory and attended by programme participants from all ten Programme Partners (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, University of Plymouth, University of Exeter, University of Malaya, Universitas Nasional, Western Philippines University, Hanoi National University of Education, North Devon Biosphere Foundation, Blue Venture, International Pole & Line Foundation). New collaborations were established with researchers from the University of Technology Sydney.
Collaborator Contribution All of the ten Partners worked together to forge stronger collaborations to meet the objectives of the GCRF Blue Communities Programme; to learn about the project partner and case study needs and interests; to identify and co-create agreed research questions (and desired outcome and outputs); to further identify training needs; to plan the implementation of the projects and activities across the case studies whilst ensuring intergration and coherence; and to consider and plan interaction and integration with stakeholders. Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney have relevent experience and expertise in providing information to fisheries managers about teh contribution of small scale tuna fisheries to coastal communities to inform marine planning for the region, with particular experience in Indonesia.
Impact Implementation plans for delivering the 12 sub-project encompassed within the GCRF Blue Communities Programme have been drafted.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GCRF Blue Communities Kick Off meeting 
Organisation International Pole and Line Foundation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Creating new collaborations and strengthening existing collaborations with research organisations in the Southeast Asia region and non-governmental organisations in the UK who are Partners on the GCRF RCUK Blue Communities Programme at the kick off meeting. This meeting was hosted by one of the overseas partners, the Universiti of Malaya and co-organised by members of the research team from Plymouth Marine Laboratory and attended by programme participants from all ten Programme Partners (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, University of Plymouth, University of Exeter, University of Malaya, Universitas Nasional, Western Philippines University, Hanoi National University of Education, North Devon Biosphere Foundation, Blue Venture, International Pole & Line Foundation). New collaborations were established with researchers from the University of Technology Sydney.
Collaborator Contribution All of the ten Partners worked together to forge stronger collaborations to meet the objectives of the GCRF Blue Communities Programme; to learn about the project partner and case study needs and interests; to identify and co-create agreed research questions (and desired outcome and outputs); to further identify training needs; to plan the implementation of the projects and activities across the case studies whilst ensuring intergration and coherence; and to consider and plan interaction and integration with stakeholders. Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney have relevent experience and expertise in providing information to fisheries managers about teh contribution of small scale tuna fisheries to coastal communities to inform marine planning for the region, with particular experience in Indonesia.
Impact Implementation plans for delivering the 12 sub-project encompassed within the GCRF Blue Communities Programme have been drafted.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GCRF Blue Communities Kick Off meeting 
Organisation Nasional University
Department Centre for Sustainable Energy and Resources Management
Country Indonesia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Creating new collaborations and strengthening existing collaborations with research organisations in the Southeast Asia region and non-governmental organisations in the UK who are Partners on the GCRF RCUK Blue Communities Programme at the kick off meeting. This meeting was hosted by one of the overseas partners, the Universiti of Malaya and co-organised by members of the research team from Plymouth Marine Laboratory and attended by programme participants from all ten Programme Partners (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, University of Plymouth, University of Exeter, University of Malaya, Universitas Nasional, Western Philippines University, Hanoi National University of Education, North Devon Biosphere Foundation, Blue Venture, International Pole & Line Foundation). New collaborations were established with researchers from the University of Technology Sydney.
Collaborator Contribution All of the ten Partners worked together to forge stronger collaborations to meet the objectives of the GCRF Blue Communities Programme; to learn about the project partner and case study needs and interests; to identify and co-create agreed research questions (and desired outcome and outputs); to further identify training needs; to plan the implementation of the projects and activities across the case studies whilst ensuring intergration and coherence; and to consider and plan interaction and integration with stakeholders. Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney have relevent experience and expertise in providing information to fisheries managers about teh contribution of small scale tuna fisheries to coastal communities to inform marine planning for the region, with particular experience in Indonesia.
Impact Implementation plans for delivering the 12 sub-project encompassed within the GCRF Blue Communities Programme have been drafted.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GCRF Blue Communities Kick Off meeting 
Organisation North Devon Biosphere Foundation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Creating new collaborations and strengthening existing collaborations with research organisations in the Southeast Asia region and non-governmental organisations in the UK who are Partners on the GCRF RCUK Blue Communities Programme at the kick off meeting. This meeting was hosted by one of the overseas partners, the Universiti of Malaya and co-organised by members of the research team from Plymouth Marine Laboratory and attended by programme participants from all ten Programme Partners (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, University of Plymouth, University of Exeter, University of Malaya, Universitas Nasional, Western Philippines University, Hanoi National University of Education, North Devon Biosphere Foundation, Blue Venture, International Pole & Line Foundation). New collaborations were established with researchers from the University of Technology Sydney.
Collaborator Contribution All of the ten Partners worked together to forge stronger collaborations to meet the objectives of the GCRF Blue Communities Programme; to learn about the project partner and case study needs and interests; to identify and co-create agreed research questions (and desired outcome and outputs); to further identify training needs; to plan the implementation of the projects and activities across the case studies whilst ensuring intergration and coherence; and to consider and plan interaction and integration with stakeholders. Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney have relevent experience and expertise in providing information to fisheries managers about teh contribution of small scale tuna fisheries to coastal communities to inform marine planning for the region, with particular experience in Indonesia.
Impact Implementation plans for delivering the 12 sub-project encompassed within the GCRF Blue Communities Programme have been drafted.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GCRF Blue Communities Kick Off meeting 
Organisation University of Exeter
Department Medical School
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Creating new collaborations and strengthening existing collaborations with research organisations in the Southeast Asia region and non-governmental organisations in the UK who are Partners on the GCRF RCUK Blue Communities Programme at the kick off meeting. This meeting was hosted by one of the overseas partners, the Universiti of Malaya and co-organised by members of the research team from Plymouth Marine Laboratory and attended by programme participants from all ten Programme Partners (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, University of Plymouth, University of Exeter, University of Malaya, Universitas Nasional, Western Philippines University, Hanoi National University of Education, North Devon Biosphere Foundation, Blue Venture, International Pole & Line Foundation). New collaborations were established with researchers from the University of Technology Sydney.
Collaborator Contribution All of the ten Partners worked together to forge stronger collaborations to meet the objectives of the GCRF Blue Communities Programme; to learn about the project partner and case study needs and interests; to identify and co-create agreed research questions (and desired outcome and outputs); to further identify training needs; to plan the implementation of the projects and activities across the case studies whilst ensuring intergration and coherence; and to consider and plan interaction and integration with stakeholders. Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney have relevent experience and expertise in providing information to fisheries managers about teh contribution of small scale tuna fisheries to coastal communities to inform marine planning for the region, with particular experience in Indonesia.
Impact Implementation plans for delivering the 12 sub-project encompassed within the GCRF Blue Communities Programme have been drafted.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GCRF Blue Communities Kick Off meeting 
Organisation University of Malaya
Country Malaysia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Creating new collaborations and strengthening existing collaborations with research organisations in the Southeast Asia region and non-governmental organisations in the UK who are Partners on the GCRF RCUK Blue Communities Programme at the kick off meeting. This meeting was hosted by one of the overseas partners, the Universiti of Malaya and co-organised by members of the research team from Plymouth Marine Laboratory and attended by programme participants from all ten Programme Partners (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, University of Plymouth, University of Exeter, University of Malaya, Universitas Nasional, Western Philippines University, Hanoi National University of Education, North Devon Biosphere Foundation, Blue Venture, International Pole & Line Foundation). New collaborations were established with researchers from the University of Technology Sydney.
Collaborator Contribution All of the ten Partners worked together to forge stronger collaborations to meet the objectives of the GCRF Blue Communities Programme; to learn about the project partner and case study needs and interests; to identify and co-create agreed research questions (and desired outcome and outputs); to further identify training needs; to plan the implementation of the projects and activities across the case studies whilst ensuring intergration and coherence; and to consider and plan interaction and integration with stakeholders. Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney have relevent experience and expertise in providing information to fisheries managers about teh contribution of small scale tuna fisheries to coastal communities to inform marine planning for the region, with particular experience in Indonesia.
Impact Implementation plans for delivering the 12 sub-project encompassed within the GCRF Blue Communities Programme have been drafted.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GCRF Blue Communities Kick Off meeting 
Organisation University of Plymouth
Department School of Psychology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Creating new collaborations and strengthening existing collaborations with research organisations in the Southeast Asia region and non-governmental organisations in the UK who are Partners on the GCRF RCUK Blue Communities Programme at the kick off meeting. This meeting was hosted by one of the overseas partners, the Universiti of Malaya and co-organised by members of the research team from Plymouth Marine Laboratory and attended by programme participants from all ten Programme Partners (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, University of Plymouth, University of Exeter, University of Malaya, Universitas Nasional, Western Philippines University, Hanoi National University of Education, North Devon Biosphere Foundation, Blue Venture, International Pole & Line Foundation). New collaborations were established with researchers from the University of Technology Sydney.
Collaborator Contribution All of the ten Partners worked together to forge stronger collaborations to meet the objectives of the GCRF Blue Communities Programme; to learn about the project partner and case study needs and interests; to identify and co-create agreed research questions (and desired outcome and outputs); to further identify training needs; to plan the implementation of the projects and activities across the case studies whilst ensuring intergration and coherence; and to consider and plan interaction and integration with stakeholders. Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney have relevent experience and expertise in providing information to fisheries managers about teh contribution of small scale tuna fisheries to coastal communities to inform marine planning for the region, with particular experience in Indonesia.
Impact Implementation plans for delivering the 12 sub-project encompassed within the GCRF Blue Communities Programme have been drafted.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GCRF Blue Communities Kick Off meeting 
Organisation University of Technology Sydney
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Creating new collaborations and strengthening existing collaborations with research organisations in the Southeast Asia region and non-governmental organisations in the UK who are Partners on the GCRF RCUK Blue Communities Programme at the kick off meeting. This meeting was hosted by one of the overseas partners, the Universiti of Malaya and co-organised by members of the research team from Plymouth Marine Laboratory and attended by programme participants from all ten Programme Partners (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, University of Plymouth, University of Exeter, University of Malaya, Universitas Nasional, Western Philippines University, Hanoi National University of Education, North Devon Biosphere Foundation, Blue Venture, International Pole & Line Foundation). New collaborations were established with researchers from the University of Technology Sydney.
Collaborator Contribution All of the ten Partners worked together to forge stronger collaborations to meet the objectives of the GCRF Blue Communities Programme; to learn about the project partner and case study needs and interests; to identify and co-create agreed research questions (and desired outcome and outputs); to further identify training needs; to plan the implementation of the projects and activities across the case studies whilst ensuring intergration and coherence; and to consider and plan interaction and integration with stakeholders. Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney have relevent experience and expertise in providing information to fisheries managers about teh contribution of small scale tuna fisheries to coastal communities to inform marine planning for the region, with particular experience in Indonesia.
Impact Implementation plans for delivering the 12 sub-project encompassed within the GCRF Blue Communities Programme have been drafted.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GCRF Blue Communities Kick Off meeting 
Organisation Western Philippines University
Country Philippines 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Creating new collaborations and strengthening existing collaborations with research organisations in the Southeast Asia region and non-governmental organisations in the UK who are Partners on the GCRF RCUK Blue Communities Programme at the kick off meeting. This meeting was hosted by one of the overseas partners, the Universiti of Malaya and co-organised by members of the research team from Plymouth Marine Laboratory and attended by programme participants from all ten Programme Partners (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, University of Plymouth, University of Exeter, University of Malaya, Universitas Nasional, Western Philippines University, Hanoi National University of Education, North Devon Biosphere Foundation, Blue Venture, International Pole & Line Foundation). New collaborations were established with researchers from the University of Technology Sydney.
Collaborator Contribution All of the ten Partners worked together to forge stronger collaborations to meet the objectives of the GCRF Blue Communities Programme; to learn about the project partner and case study needs and interests; to identify and co-create agreed research questions (and desired outcome and outputs); to further identify training needs; to plan the implementation of the projects and activities across the case studies whilst ensuring intergration and coherence; and to consider and plan interaction and integration with stakeholders. Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney have relevent experience and expertise in providing information to fisheries managers about teh contribution of small scale tuna fisheries to coastal communities to inform marine planning for the region, with particular experience in Indonesia.
Impact Implementation plans for delivering the 12 sub-project encompassed within the GCRF Blue Communities Programme have been drafted.
Start Year 2017
 
Description MOA between Department of Science and Technology (DOST) MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduqeue, Romblon, & Palawan) Region and the Western Philippines University (WPU) 
Organisation Government of the Republic of the Philippines
Department Department of Science and Technology
Country Philippines 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Support and endorsement of this collaboration was made by our research team.
Collaborator Contribution Colleagues from the Western Phliippines University, a partner working on the GCRF Blue Communities programme agreed an Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduqeue, Romblon, & Palawan) Region which was presented and approved by the WPU Administrative Council for endorsement to the Board of Regents.
Impact This MoU has formalised the collaboration between Western Philippines University and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduqeue, Romblon, & Palawan) Region.
Start Year 2019
 
Description MoU between Sabah Parks and Universiti Malaya 
Organisation Sabah Parks
Country Malaysia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Sabah Parks and Universiti Malaya (UM) in Kota Kinabalu for joint benefits in the field of research (February 2018).
Collaborator Contribution Sabah Parks is the Case Study in Malaysia for the GCRF Blue Communities Programme. By engaging with the governors of the Marine Park, the research that will be conducted in the Marine Park can be coordinated and supported, enabling engagement with the local communities, policy-makers for marine planning and other stakeholders going forward. World Wide Fund for Nature Malaysia (WWF), has a working MoU with the Sabah Government to develop Tun Mustapha Park which would further enhance the research activities conducted for the GCRF Blue Communities Programme.
Impact Strengthening the collaboration between the Partner institute, Universiti Malaya, with the Chairman of Sabah Parks and colleagues, as well as WWF.
Start Year 2018
 
Description The Western Philippines University signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Zoological Society of London 
Organisation Zoological Society of London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Programme Office has fully endorsed and supported collaborations with relevant organisations to work alongside GCRF Blue Communities partners.
Collaborator Contribution Researchers from the Western Philippines University initiated and arranged a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Zoological Society of London.
Impact This collaboration has just started, therefore it is too soon to list the outputs or outcomes of the partnership.
Start Year 2019
 
Description University of Exeter collaboration 
Organisation University of Exeter
Department Medical School
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Development of Oceans and Human Health area of research by bringing understanding of marine ecosystems and services to the collaboration
Collaborator Contribution contribution of expertise in human and public health
Impact Conference on Oceans and Human Health in March 2014; This produced the 'Message from Bedruthan' which called for a coordinated, transnational and interdisciplinary oceans and human health research programme in Europe. It recommended that research should be solutions-oriented, supporting health and wellbeing promotion and disease treatment, and informing maritime, environment, public health and innovation policy.
Start Year 2010
 
Description 5th Our Ocean conference, Bali, Indonesia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Blue Communities Research Programme pledged its commitment at the 5th Our Ocean Conference, which took place from 29-30 October 2018 in Bali, Indonesia. The ocean commitment through the GCRF Blue Communities Research Programme was announced on behalf of the programme by Meghan Jeans, Program Director of the Ocean Foundation:
"The marine environment is under immense pressure from the multiple, and often conflicting, needs of the people that use it. In Southeast Asia, where marine activities are important contributors to GDP, marine spatial planning involving coordinated decision-making has been highlighted as a key requirement for a sustainable future.

We announce that, through academic-stakeholder collaborations, community co-creation and co-delivery, Plymouth Marine Laboratory (lead) is working with partners to deliver the £6.7million Blue Communities project by September 2021 through UK Government Global Challenges Research Funding.

Blue Communities will support development, implementation and ongoing management of initiatives promoting sustainable use of marine resources by multiple users, whilst protecting the fragile marine ecosystems and supporting the livelihoods food security, health and well-being of the people in these coastal communities. A lasting legacy for the benefit of coastal communities in the target regions, including 3 regional UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserves and a Marine Protected Area, scientific partners in SE Asia and the UK."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://youtu.be/AL0BVlhRRk4
 
Description Transdisciplinary research to underpin policy and regulation in the marine environment, International Congress on Industrial Port Research, Sept Iles, Canada, May 2019, Invited speaker, 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion on the use of interdisciplinary research in marine policy and management
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description UK Govt FCO-SIN UK-India workshop to develop joint funding programme on marine plastics and solutions, Chennai India 10-16 Oct. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Discussion of research needs in India to address problems of plastic in the marine environment
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Analysis and publication writing training workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Training event on conducting qualitative analysis and writing high impact publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Annual meeting with all project partners 21-23rd November, Palawan, Philippines 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Over 60 participants attended the GCRF Blue Communities Annual Meeting, including representatives from each of the 10 partner organisations (4 of which are from DAC countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam, as well as representatives from the 6 UK partners). This was hosted by the Western Philippines University and held in Palawan, Philippines from 21-23 November 2018 where activities to-date were reviewed, lessons learned shared among the partners, interactive workshops enabled co-creation and planning for future activities and further collaboration and cooperation among the partners and beyond was established. In addition, four training workshops were held from 19-20 November and 24-25 November, enabling further capacity building and training for the DAC project participants. The meeting also included side meetings of the Executive Group and the Advisory Group enabling an opportunity to review the risk register, the logframe, the plans for work and further networking.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Article on Blue Communities' Our Ocean conference pledge 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Article on Blue Communities' pledge at the Our Ocean conference to support and build research capacity in marine planning in SE Asia and ultimately help improve the overall wellbeing of the region's coastal communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.blue-communities.org/News_Events/Blue_Communities_pledges_its_commitment_to_improvi
 
Description Attendance at the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) East Asia Capacity Building Workshop on Biodiversity and Its Research Management by University of Malaya 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Mohd Iqbal attended the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) Asia Capacity Building Workshop from 23rd to 24th September 2019 in Jakarta, Indonesia focusing on the theme of "Science Advice in Biodiversity and its Research Management". The workshop aimed at discussing and sharing between scientists on the aspect of communicating science and findings to policy makers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Attended workshop on Improving Fisherman's Welfare through Holistic and Collaborative Approach - Five Case Studies on Alleviating Poverty Pilot Project (held by Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Dept of Social Sciences) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Project participants from CSERM-UNAS attended a workshop on Improving Fisherman's Welfare through Holistic and Collaborative Approach - Five Case Studies on Alleviating Poverty Pilot Project (held by Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Deputy of Social Sciences). Attendees gained new information on methods in performing socio-economic assessments, and opened new networks for collaborative works with CCRES research group who had done a lot of research activities in Selayar Region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Bayesian Belief Network training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact As part of GCRF Blue Communities project 8, training was delivered to project members on developing conceptual models and moving from conceptual models to operational Bayesian Belief Network models. Approximately 25 people attended this training and it has led to discussions about which case study team would like to take this forwards and develop a full model. Workshop materials have been made available to participants and other interested parties from the GCRF Blue Communities programme,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Blue Communities at the East Asian Seas Congress news item 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact News item on Blue Communities participation in the East Asian Seas Congress alongside the associated social media activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.blue-communities.org/News_Events/Blue_Communities_at_the_East_Asian_Seas_Congress
 
Description Blue Communities ecosystem service training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Training was given to Blue Communities project partners on ecosystem services concepts and frameworks, the use of ecosystem service approaches in marine planning and management and an introduction to environmental valuation methods. Training supported project partners to undertake the research involved in Blue Communities but also provided materials for them to use as training for other individuals in their institutes and beyond.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Blue Communities exhibit at Sharkfest 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An exhibit space was acquired for Blue Communities where the project was able to raise awareness and educate visitors to the exhibition stand. Most visitors were members of the public and were interested to hear about the activities that GCRF is funding in ODA countries. Activities such as colouring sheets for visitors to the exhibit and giveaways such as pens and notepads were provided to attract visitors. Awareness was also raised among the other exhbitors present at the Sharkfest event and further links with project partners (Blue Ventures) were also strengthened.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.sharkfestuk.com/
 
Description Blue Communities heads to Asia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Following the kick off meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the European Centre for Environment & Human Health, University of Exeter Medical School published a press release about the meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.ecehh.org/news/blue-communities/
 
Description Blue Communities holds its first Annual Progress Meeting press release 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was circulating summaraising the key point of the meeting and associated activities. The website version received 138 engagements on Twitter and 141 engagements on Facebook.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.blue-communities.org/News_Events/Blue_Communities_holds_its_first_annual_progress_m
 
Description Blue Communities- an interdisciplinary marine research in southeast Asia - presentation by Hong Ching Goh at 8th Annual Conference and General Meeting of the Global Young Academy (GYA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A presentation entitled "Blue Communities- an interdisciplinary marine research in southeast Asia" was given by Dr Hong Ching Goh (University of Malaya) at the 8th Annual Conference and General Meeting of the Global Young Academy (GYA) Pattaya Thailand, which took place 7-11 May 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://agm2018.globalyoungacademy.net/
 
Description Borneo Ocean Talks Psychology of Behaviour Change 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Keynote at Borneo Ocean talks around sustainable development of coastal communities in Malaysia with a focus on plastic pollution from a psychological angle.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.ums.edu.my/v5/ms/announcement-link-3/7486-program-borneo-ocean-talks
 
Description CSERM provided a training workshop focusing on Renewable Energy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact A training workshop focusing on Marine Renewable Energy was led by Leuserina Garnita and enabled recipients of the training to map the actors and stakeholders and resources assessment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CSERM successfully coordinated an international workshop as side event of 30th International Coordinating Council - Man and Biosphere (ICC-MAB) in Palembang 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact CSERM has successfully coordinated an international workshop as side event of 30th International Coordinating Council - Man and Biosphere (ICC-MAB) in Palembang, 23rd July 2018. The main objectives of the workshop were: (i) to gather multi-disciplinary experience relating to managing of sustainable nature and natural resources from academics and practitioners, local and global stakeholders; and (ii) to identify existing global, regional, national, and local policies and financing mechanisms for decentralised, small scale, sustainable good practices of nature and natural resources management. By organising the workshop CSERM has obtained many inputs from international experts and stakeholders regarding contribution to the economic development and social welfare of communities in the Biosphere Reserve areas, which is strongly correlated with the GCRF Blue Communities projects, including ecosystem services and marine planning and governance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Capacity building workshop on environmental communication Palawan, Philippines with WPU 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Environmental communication strategies for different audiences
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Climate-ready ecosystem level options for marine spatial planning 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I led a workshop that was designed as a capacity development activity whereby co-developed research within the project will lead to a climate change assessment to facilitate the development of adaptation strategies to inform the spatial management of marine reserves, the tourism sector, fisheries and aquaculture in Vietnam, Malaysia and Philippines. Researchers involved in marine higher education, marine management and policy development from the listed countries attended the workshop. Training was given on the application of spatial meta-analysis on climate change modelling datasets as a decision support tool to inform the development of those strategies.The training included a lecture as well as a workshop, where participants used custom prepared Jupyter Notebooks to analysed climate change modelling datasets for the correspoding marine regions. Three case studies were identified (on in each country) that will serve as the focus of co-developed work within this award, as led by the Co-I and Project 11 lead A Queiros.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.blue-communities.org/News_Events/Celebrating_success_at_2nd_Annual_Progress_Meeting
 
Description Colleagues from University of Malaya conducted a citizen science workshop in Sub-stesen Serinsim, Kota Marud, Sabah, Malaysia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A citizen science (photovoice) workshop was held from 7-8 December 2019 at Sub-stesen Serinsim, Kota Marudu, Sabah involving around 30 participants from community-based organisations, schools & government agency (Sabah Parks). This workshop also supported and co-hosted with Sabah Parks. Analysed the protocol for the Photovoice activity. Created a manual/handbook for the Photovoice activity for participants perusal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Colleagues from University of Malaya conducted a series of workshops with school teachers from four schools 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact From 6th - 9th January 2020, Goh Hong Ching, Mohd Iqbal and Ponmalar Alagappar visited four schools in Tun Mustapha Park including Abdul Rahim Secondary School & St. Peter Secondary School (Kudat), Tandek Secondary School (Kota Marudu) and Pitas Secondary School (Pitas). Discussions were held with the school teachers in regards to hosting the 2nd festival similar to the Kudat Coastal Communities Festival held in September 2019. These activities were conducted under the remit of the Partnership Grant received from the University of Malaya, enabling knowledge-sharing and presenting of the proposed work enabling the schools to learn more about the GCRF Blue Communities programme. This grant has added value to the GCRF Blue Communities grant enabling additional funding to be leveraged from additional sources.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Colleagues from University of Malaya organised a Focus Group Discussion with various stakeholders (Project 12) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Focus group discussion (FGDs) workshops were conducted relating to the photovoice resultswith Kudat Turtle Conservation Societ (KTCS), Taritipan Youth Club (ANBATAR), members of Supirak Association and Banggi Coral Conservation Society (BCCS) from 3rd - 11th January 2020. The FGDs had discussed about the photos taken and narrative provided by the locals including the ecosystem services in the photos, and threats, pressures as well as benefits of the ecosystem captured in the photos. Photovoice training was also provided to KTCS members who were unable to participate in the Citizen Science Workshop in December 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Colleagues from Western Philippines University conducted a radio Interview on Radio Pilipinas - Palawan 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A radio Interview on Radio Pilipinas - Palawan was conducted with representative from Western Philippines University, talking about the work being undertaken for the GCRF Blue Communities programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Colleagues from Western Philippines University conducted a series of report back events to 10 case study barangays 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact From January 13 - 15, 21 & 22, 2020 colleagues from Western Philippines University conducted a series of community engagement events which also involved collecting baseline data, survey data validation and reporting back to the stakeholders in 10 case study barangays.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Communication research activities organised by Western Philippines University in Taytay, Palawan (Project 12) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact On 13 September 2019, communication research was conducted in Taytay, Palawan with 88 students from Central Taytay National High School where various mediums for communicating environmental issues and sustainability were investigated.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Coordination with Project Stakeholders in the Philippines - lead by the partner Western Philippines University 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Various meetings and workshops were organised and lead by researchers from the Western Philippines University, to coordinate with GCRF Blue Communities Programme Stakeholders (from the Municipalities of Taytay and Aborlan, Province of Palawan, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development and World Wildlife Fund), Philippines. These activities were conducted over the following dates February 14, 15, and 20, 2018. This enabled further engagement with these stakeholders and strengthened collaborations across the groups to enable coordination of research going forward.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ECR training workshop during annual meeting in Plymouth, UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Several senior members of Blue Communities (Prof. Sabine Pahl, Dr Goh Hong Chig, Dr Karyn Morrisey, Prof Lora Fleming) created a workshop involving problem-solving, experience reports, best practice and project management for the junior members of Blue Communities.
The workshops also aimed to prepare the junior researchers for an internal funding competition.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Early Career Researchers from Western Philippine University visited the UK to meet with project leads for capacity building in data analysis, manuscript preparation and research planning 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact From 4-25 October, 3 early career researchers from Western Philippines University who are conducting research in several of the sub-projects within the GCRF Blue Communities programme, visited the UK and met with colleagues from the University of Exeter European Center for Environment and Human Health, Plymouth University and Plymouth Marine Laboratory, to process data collected to-date, undertake statistical analysis, plan and prepare manuscripts for publication, and plan future work for the projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Ecosystem Services presentation to the Oil Spill Response (OSR) Industry Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact key note presentation to the Oil Spill Response (OSR) Industry Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) raising awareness of opportunities to prioritise oil spill response measures by considering ecosystem services
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Evidence Synthesis Public lecture in Indonesia (CSERM, UNAS) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Engagement lecture to introduce the concept of Evidence Synthesis in Environmental Science and Conservation to a wide audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Evidence Synthesis Workshop in Indonesia (CSERM, UNAS) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 2.5 day training workshop on systematic review methodology. Mentoring on protocol development following question refinement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Exhibit stand at the PEMSEA East Asian Seas Congress in Iloilo, Philippines (27-30 November 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An exhibition stand hosted by Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) was present throughout the PEMSEA East Asian Seas Congress, where the research activities of PML in the Southeast Asia region were highlighted in particular the GCRF Blue Communities programme. The exhibition stand was managed by several members of the GCRF Blue Communities programme (Prof. Austen, Dr. Loveday, Dr. Cheung) as well as other staff from PML (Prof. Allen, Dr. Evers-King). Nearly 1000 delegates attended the Congress and visitors to the stand included the Ministers from the East Asia region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Fieldwork organised by Project Partner HNUE in Hoi An city and Cu Lao Cham - Hoi An Biosphere Reserve: Participatory analysis with stakeholders (sub-project 2) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact During this fieldtrip (25/02/2019-01/03/2019) representatives of Cu Lao Cham community groups, including fishermen group, seafood processing group, homestay service group, Cu Lao Cham tourist association, boat owner group and Cu Lao Cham community conservation club were brought together for focus group discussions and facilitated the sharing of experiences and lessons learnt by stakeholders over the history of the designation and implementation of Cu Lao Cham marine protected area (CMPA), the core zone of Cu Lao Cham - Hoi An biosphere reserve, Hoi An city, Quang Nam province, in order to identify opportunities for improving its implementation in the future. There were two focus group sessions, one with governmental participants and a second with community-level participants - for both sessions, innovation history and Netmap methods were applied to identify events and actors related to the initiation and implementation of the Cu Lao Cham Marine Protected Area were recorded. The main outputs include:
• Stakeholder group timelines of key events in the history of CMPA (2 timelines created by two groups of stakeholders)
• NetMap showing relationships and influence on the implementation of CLCMPA (2 NetMap created by two groups of stakeholders)
• Detailed notes for analysis (4 note files) and transcriptions of recordings of the focus group discussions (4-to be transcribed)
• Innovation history and NetMap preliminary analysis forms (on completing process)
• Lessons learnt and research themes for further investigation during interviews.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Fieldwork organised by University of Malaya team in Tun Mustapha Park focusing on data collection for Projects 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Project 2: NetMap exercises and interviews were conducted by the Team with several individuals and agencies in Kudat namely Head of Village (Tanjung Kapor 1 village), Unit Pemimpin Pembangunan Masyarakat, Borneo KOMRAD (NGO on education for stateless), Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Kudat Fishermen Association, Kudat Welfare Department, Sabah Islamic Affairs Department, St. Peter Secondary School, and a business provider in Kudat. Initial findings from these exercises and interviews had yielded several issues including lack of information sharing between agencies, overlapping education and welfare programs between agencies, lack of awareness among coastal communities on their roles within Tun Mustapha Park, and an absence of a platform/system that can link all the information and programs carried out by all agencies and NGOs in Kudat.
Project 3/8: The Team were joined by Johana (University of Exeter) and conducted ecosystem mapping with the local communities in Tun Mustapha Park (Kudat, Kota Marudu and Pitas) namely involving the Kudat Turtle Conservation Society, Banggi Coral Conservation Society, ANBATAR (Taritipan Youth Club), Supirak Association, and Tiku Farm (ecotourism operator in Kudat).
Project 6: The Team carried out the pre-testing of the household survey in Kudat area involving four villages namely Marang Parang, Bavang Jamal, Tanjung Kapor 1, and Sebayan villages. A total of 68 respondents were interviewed from 43 households. The in-depth interview session with health officers in Kudat had to be postponed due to the absence of approval from Sabah State Health Department.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Fieldwork organised by University of Malaya team in Tun Mustapha Park, Kudat and Kota Kinabalu Sabah engaging with various stakeholders and undertaking activities for sub-projects 2, 3/8, 6 and 12 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact During the field trip from 17-24th March to Sabah, a number of activities were undertaken. These included: The presentation of the NetMap analysis outcomes from the exercises conducted in January to the stakeholders involved including KTCS, WWF-Sabah and Sabah Parks; meetings with several contacts from Universiti Teknologi MARA Sabah (UiTM) to discuss collaborations with Universiti of Malaya working on the GCRF Blue Communities programme; meetings with Kudat Turtle Conservation Society (KTCS) to discuss the NetMap analysis outcome, alternative livelihoods and possible ecosystem mapping by KTCS members; meetings with Sabah Parks (Kudat) to discuss progress, and finalise villages, cohorts and schools to be approached for upcoming fieldwork activities. Project 2: Initial analysis of the NetMap exercises with Sabah Parks, WWF, and Kudat Turtle Conservation Society had yielded several issues in the coastal resource management of TMP including co-management, enforcement, stakeholders conflict and social, natural and economic resources. Project 3/8: During the trip, the team finalised the list of communities for mapping activities with Sabah Parks. The team has also obtained permission from youth clubs (i.e., Kudat Turtle Conservation Society and Banggi Coral Conservation Society) to conduct mapping activities in April 2019. Project 6: The regional training workshop on 27 & 28 March 2019 participated by the partner countries synchronised the questionnaire used by all the partner countries, reached an agreement on submission of ethics application to Exeter University, and setting dates for pilot testing of the questionnaire and stakeholders engagement. Project 6: Met with Mercy Malaysia (Sabah Chapter) and Kudat District Health Office to introduce Project 6, discuss about health status and interventions in TMP, planned household surveys in TMP
and potential enumerators with medical background. Project 12: Collaborating with Isabel Richter (University of Plymouth; Project 12) to examine the potential of educational comic to transfer knowledge and change negative behaviour.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Fieldwork organised by project partner HNUE in Hoi An city and Cu Lao Cham - Hoi An Biosphere Reserve: Local stakeholders' meetings to discuss habitat types and ecosystem services (sub-projects 3 and 3b) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact For sub-project 3, during the period 25-28 February 2019, two group meetings were held with local stakeholders in Hoi An and Cu Lao Cham and 9 discussions with individual stakeholders to identify habitat types (including soft and hard coral reefs, seagrass beds, seaweed, mangroves, wetland, forests, sandy beach, sand dunes) and ecosystem services (including provisioning services, regulation and maintainence and cultural services). The current impacts were identified and other information about the research area were discussed. For sub-project 3b, group discussions among official managers, fishermen and tourism service workers were conducted. A further 10 in-depth interviews were conducted with stakeholders in Hoi An city and Tan Hiep commune as well as 3 in-depth interviews with Cu Lao Cham Marine Protect Area staff members. Using the general information gathered, the data formed the basis for designing the research questionnaire.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Focus Group Discussion with stakeholders on the governance analysis of sustainable tourism and sustainable fisheries conducted by CSERM-UNAS 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The CSERM-UNAS team in Indonesia conducted a focus group discussion at national level on the governance analysis of Sustainable Tourism & Sustainable Fisheries. The attendees included representatives from the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Indonesia, Bogor Agricultural Institute, Indonesia Ecotourism Network, and Natural Conservation Education Insititute - Indonesia. Based on the discussions, there are several factors that affect sustainable tourism development in Indonesia, i.e., human resources capability and minimum institutional capacity. The data gathered in this FGD will be analysed and will contribute to research under the sub-project 2.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description GCRF Blue Communities Programme Partner meetings and Blue Communities presentation at Hanoi National University of Education and the University of Malaya,10-19 Feb 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Prof. Austen gave presentations at meetings with the programme partners Hanoi National University of Education and the University of Malaya,10-19 Feb 2019. This enabled further discussions and further co-creation and planning of research and capacity building activities. Dr Cheung also gave presentations about the management of the programme, requirements for the technical and financial reporting, thus further increasing capacity at these partner institutes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description GCRF Blue Communities Website and Social Media accounts 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A programme logo was designed and applied to all media and communications for the GCRF RCUK Blue Communities Programme, giving the programme a distinct identity. A project website was launched and social media accounts activated for the Programme (Twitter account @bluecommunities and Facebook Page @BlueCommunitiesGCRF). The website and social media accounts are continuously being updated throughout the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL http://www.blue-communities.org
 
Description Hanoi National University of Education organised a stakeholders' workshop in Hoi An 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A workshop was held on 22nd March 2018 with participation of 30 participants from Hoi An Peoples Committee, Cu Lao Cham Marine Protected Area, CBR, 13 communes, GreenViet (NGO), and Da Nang Education University. The workshop included a brief overview of CBR, an introduction to Blue Communities project and discussion on the status and issues and problems in the site.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hub session in Blue Economy Track at PEMSEA East Asian Seas Congress in Iloilo, Philippines (27-30 November 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact During the PEMSEA East Asian Seas Congress, Partnership Hubs were held as side events with 7 tracks as the main themes and 3-5 sessions held within each track. Within the Blue Economy Track, 6 representatives from the GCRF Blue Communities partnership were involved in the session. Dr. Bell was the Chair of the Session, presentations were given by Prof. Austen, Dr. Praptiwi, Prof. Creencia, Prof. Fleming and Dr. Goh on the topic of "Interdisciplinary research to underpin sustainable planning and management for Blue Economy". This was followed by a discussion session with the speakers as panellists and the audience contributing to the discussions. The presentations sparked questions and discussion afterwards with the audience which comprised of representatives from intergovernmental organisations, NGOs and academia. The session enabled further networking opportunities and potential collaborations going forward.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://eascongress2018.pemsea.org/eas-congress-2018/official-programme/partnership-hubs-programs/
 
Description IPCC Special Report Meeting: Climate Change Around the Globe organised by the Royal Metereological Society, Panellist for session: The Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, BEIS Conference Centre, London, November 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion on how Climate change is affecting the Oceans and the implications for UK policy based on the IPCC SROCC report
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Interdisciplinary marine research to make a difference to lives and livelihoods presentation at PlymSEF 2018, Plymouth, February 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation on creating impact from research, stimulated discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interview for regional news - Thomson Reuters 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact An interview and meeting with the Asia Resilience Correspondent from Thomson Reuters Foundation was conducted in Kuala Lumpur following the GCRF Blue Communties kick off meeting, and was attended by several of the Principle Investigators from the Partners of the programme. Background information was provided to the journalist and introductions were made with the PI from Universiti Malaya. Plans were made for a site visit by the journalist to gather further interviews with members of the local community in the Case Study site in Sabah Parks.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Introductory newsletter Nov 18 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Blue Communities 1st newsletter introduced the array of projects being undertaken by the programme. Articles were structured to explain the project objective, how participants would be approaching the reserach and capacity buliding with SE Asian partners and stakeholders as well as future plans and anticipated impact. The newsletter had a 43% open rate across the recipient lists (industry average open rate 19.6%) with an average click-through rate of 22.4% (industry average click rate 2.3%).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://mailchi.mp/dea3f3a4366d/gcrf-blue-communities-newsletter-november-2018
 
Description Invited presentation 'Natural Capital: Can it be operationalised for the marine environment?'at Coastal Futures Conference, Royal Geographic Society, London. 23-24 Jan 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof. Austen was invited to give a platform presentation at the Coastal Future conference, at the Royal Geographical Society, London (23-24 January 2019). The presentation was entitled 'Natural Capital: Can it be operationalised for the marine environment?'. The audience was able to ask questions and engage in discussions afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://coastal-futures.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Austen-Natural-Capital-Can-it-be-operationlise...
 
Description Invited speaker to give Introduction at European Parliament Intergroup Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas (SEARICA) conference on 'Valuing Marine Ecosystem services - Taking into account the value of ecosystem benefits in the Blue Economy, European Parliament', Brussels, Belgium, April 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion of use of valuation of marine ecosystems in policy development and regulation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited talk at Coastal Futures 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited to talk about Oceans and Human health at Coastal Futures 2019 - an annual event bringing together about 300 marine specialists in the UK spread across, academia, policy, industry etc. I included a discussion of what we are doing as part of Blue Communities in the talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://coastal-futures.net/
 
Description Lecture to students at UNAS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Lecture on ecosystem-based fisheries management
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Linking the marine environment and human health Two-day workshop: University of Malaya, KL 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact BC Project 6 aims to explore the links between human health and the marine and coastal environment. Both the benefits and hazards of living by the coast will be explored. To understand these links, a large-scale survey will be co-developed with Project 6 co-leaders Dr Mat White, Dr Karyn Morrissey & Dr Jo Nayoan, with academics from each of the 4 BC SE Asian institutions and members of the local community. This workshop was a survey co-creation workshop with our partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Local Philippine stakeholder workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Two site visits to Taytay in the North, and Aborlan in the South of Palawan to begin the design of a local survey to assess the health and wellbeing implications of coastal environmental change.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Local community and stakeholders engagement event - Coastal Communities Festival, Indonesia - lead by the CSERM-UNAS 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Partner CSERM-UNAS participated in a local community and stakeholders engagement event and presented the GCRC Blue Communities project in the annual "Coastal Communities Festival (Festival Komunitas Pesisir)" in Selayar, Indonesia (14-18 February 2018). A meeting of various stakeholders was undertaken during the event and included: 1) Taka Bonerate National Park as national park management, has 3 main duties, i.e. protection, conservation and sustainable use of ecosystem services; 2) Marine and Fisheries Agency, Selayar Regency. The role is fisheries management, including protection of marine areas in national park from unsustainable practices (illegal fishing, bombing, anesthetic use, etc); 3) RARE, awareness rising to change the behaviour of communities is RARE' goal. Local staffs from national park have been trained by RARE to continue the programme;
4) Law Enforcement Agency, Ministry of Environment and Forestry. The role is to secure national park marine territory of national park from unsustainable practices; 5) CCRES - LIPI. CCRES has collaborated with Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) in developing a toolkit for adaptive coastal governance and management.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Marine Ecosystem Valuation Policy Brief invited presentation to British Irish Parliamentary Meeting, Co. Wicklow, Ireland May 13th 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation made on the European Marine Board Marine Ecosystem Valuation Policy Brief to Parliamentarians from the UK and the Republic of Ireland at their bilateral meeting. Questions afterwards
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meeting organised by Western Philippines University with policy-makers in Palawan 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On 8th April 2019, members of the research team from Western Philippines University met with various policy-makers including representatives from the Department of Health, The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, the Provincial Health Office (Provincial Government of Palawan), Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff and Provincial Tourism Office. The objectives and plans for Project 6 focusing on well-being benefits and risks of coastal living were presented by Dr. Creencia (Western Philippines University) . Ms. Ubani of DENR stated that she is seeing the need for stronger enforcement of the captured issues in the study related to environment. She also added for the team to explore what else the program could provide in addition to capacity building which may include the implementation of programs and activities needed that may be identified through this study. Ms. Madarcos then stated that the study also revolves on capacity building of researchers and data gathering for the spatial marine plan.
The Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Navarro, also reiterated for the need to conduct Water Quality Monitoring of the ocean and that capacity building of the locals is also vital. She was also hoping for a substantive recommendation on sewerage and waste disposal because of its big impact on health of the coastal communities. She further added that this result and recommendations should be forwarded to the Local Chief Executives. She was also hoping that that result will be used to enhance the existing Land and Water Use Plan and the infrastructure projects of the Local Government Unit.
Dr. Curameng of the DOH then stated that the related agencies should now think of out of the box solutions to the issues that might come out of the result. He also added that previous solution such as adding Doctors and hospitals didn't work and further said that the next policies should be beyond infrastructure and provisions. He is also hoping that the result can mobilize the locals to initiate and make a move on the changes that might enhance the status of their wellbeing.


Mr. Pontillas of the PCSDS then said that is important that communities should be taught with the science of the environment and its link to their status and wellbeing so that they can initiate and advocate for their protection.
Ms. Alcantara from the Provincial Tourism office also showed her interest in the result of the study and further added that it would be better if the result related to tourism should be specified.
Mr. Subang of the BFAR fully supports the study and further said that information campaign related to enforcement of fishery policies is necessary.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meeting with fishing community stakeholders in Palawan, Philippines 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Mel Austen and Western Philippines University researchers (WPU) visited Purok Marikit, a village of around 400 people built on stilts in the coastal mangrove of Palawan, Philippines. WPU introduced the Blue Communities Programme and its Coordinator (Mel Austen) to an organised gathering of .around 20 people (mostly women with their children) including the leader of seaweed harvesting. This was followed by a question and answer session and discussion. The stakeholder community was very engaged. Issues we discussed included Marine Plans (they have one), the importance to them of sustainability for future generations; difficulties that there is not enough enforcement of protected areas so poachers encroach - the municipality is supposed to enforce marine protected areas but don't have sufficient resource; the coastal community would like training in marketing and adding value to fish and dried fish and other marine products; and support systems to get their products to market. They displayed some examples of creative art that had been made from washed up plastic waste which they are keen to bring to market. We discussed fish for food vs fish for cash. Fish is for cash to buy rice, villagers only eat the fish if there is more than they need for cash. Fishing is in both open coast, but close to shore, or within the mangrove.They have a middleman system who gives loans but buys fish at a cheaper rate in return. The villagers were very interested in Blue Communities and are keen to develop the opportunities it presents for improving their livelihoods.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description National Biodiversity Conference 'New Horizons for Nature' ,Dublin Castle 19-21 Feb 2019. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof. Austen attended and presented at the National Biodiversity Conference 'New Horizons for Nature' , Dublin Castle, Ireland 19-21 Feb. Prof. Austen was an invited panel member for session ''How can we value natural capital in marine ecosystems?'' and gave an introductory presentation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.biodiversityconference.ie/
 
Description Natural Capital Committee Annual Report Launch (2019) Panel Discussion 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Natural Capital Committee Annual Report Launch (2019) at the Royal Society, London 5 Feb. (Defra Sec of State and Shadow Sec of State both present) with panel discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description New appointments to the Natural Capital Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Announcement of Prof. Mel Austen's appointment to the Natural Capital Committee by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Michael Gove). Mention of Prof. Austen's leadership on the GCRF Blue Communities Programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-appointments-to-the-natural-capital-committee
 
Description News article in the Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Article on the funding award of Blue Communities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.apacph.org/wp/2017/08/gcrf-blue-communities
 
Description News articles announcing the signing of MoU betweek University of Malaya and Sabah Parks 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Following the signing of the MoU between University of Malaya and Sabah Parks, press articles were published in both English (http://www.theborneopost.com/2018/02/06/sabah-parks-um-ink-mou-for-joint-benefits-in-research/) and Malay (http://berita.rtm.gov.my/index.php/nasional/11667-hubungan-erat-tts-institusi-akademik-mantapkan-pengurusan-khazanah-alam) . This public announcement informs the general public, policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders of the collaboration between the two parties.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.theborneopost.com/2018/02/06/sabah-parks-um-ink-mou-for-joint-benefits-in-research/
 
Description Outcomes from the GCRF Blue Communities Partner Hub Session within the Blue Economy track of the PEMSEA East Asian Seas Congress was included in the Daily Bulletin and the recommended actions for PEMSEA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The GCRF Blue Communities' Blue Economy Hub Session was included in the PEMSEA EAS Congress Daily bulletin (which was distributed to delegates). Additionally the outcomes and discussions from the Blue Economy hub session were included in the recommended action for PEMSEA, which was to "promote integrated planning for improving ocean health and socio-economic benefits in their regional action plans. Including the development, implementation and financing of national ocean policies".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://eascongress2018.pemsea.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Summary-of-the-EAS-Congress-Internation...
 
Description PEMSEA East Asian Seas Congress 2018: Exhibition stand showcasing science and research conducted by PML in collaboration with East Asian partners 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Plymouth Marine Laboratory is a Partner of PEMSEA and had an exhibition stand throughout the PEMSEA East Asian Seas Congress, where the research activities of PML in the Southeast Asia region were highlighted in particular the GCRF Blue Communities programme, ACCORD project and other activities . The exhibition stand was managed by several members of staff from PML including the GCRF Blue Communities programme (Prof. Austen, Dr. Loveday, Dr. Cheung) as well as ACCORD (Prof. Allen) and other staff from PML (Dr. Evers-King). Nearly 1000 delegates attended the Congress and visitors to the stand included school groups, undergraduate students, representatives from NGOs, intergovernmental organizations and the Ministers from the East Asia region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Partner article on joining Blue Communities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Partner article on joining Blue Communities to highlight the collaboration and the work that will be undertaken.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://ipnlf.org/news/ipnlf-joins-global-partnership-project-to-enhance-research-into-coastal-commun...
 
Description Partner article on the Blue Communities Kick-Off meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Partner article on the Blue Communities Kick-Off to highlight the international collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://medicine.exeter.ac.uk/news/articles/globalsciencetosupportcoa.html
 
Description Partner article on the Blue Communities Kick-Off meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Partner article on the Blue Communities kick-Off meeting to highlight the international collaboration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/south-west-blue-communities-experts-head-to-asia
 
Description Partner article on the Blue Communities Kick-Off meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Host partner article on the Blue Communities Kick-Off meeting to highlight the programme to local media and stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.unas.ac.id/en/berita/cserm-unas-ikuti-kick-off-meeting-proyek-blue-communites-guna-jaga-...
 
Description Partner article on the Blue Communities Kick-Off meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Partner article on the Blue Communities Kick-Off meeting to highlight the launch of the programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.pml.ac.uk/News_and_media/News/Global_science_to_support_coastal_communities_in_S
 
Description Partner article on the Blue Communities funding award 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article on a partner's website about the Blue Communities funding award
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/featurednews/title_596578_en.html
 
Description PlymSEF Annual Spring Lecture, National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth 12 June - invited speaker 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact "It's not all about the fish!" Presentation and discussion to demonstrate that the marine environment is important to people, how and why we measure its value (importance) and
reflect on what that means for marine policy and management. Lively discussion of the importance of valuation and the role of marine policy followed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Plymouth and Brexit: Perspective of Marine Research Organization 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation on marine science undertaken by Plymouth marine research organisations and concerns and benefits of BREXIT as a piece that stimulated further audience discussion and debate within plenary and subsequent small breakout group sessions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/business/summit-hears-how-plymouth-could-383512
 
Description Plymouth and Brexit: Perspective of Marine Research Organization 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Appearances on local/national television (ITV, BBC) associated with presentation given at Plymouth and Brexit conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Poster Presentation at the IAPS (International Association of People-Environment Studies) Conference, Rome 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Blue Communities project, its aims and scope was presented to the conference participants in form of a poster. The main focus was sub-project 12 "Alternative Future Scenarios", past, current and planned activities as well as identified research gaps.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://iaps2018.com/
 
Description Pral talk at ICEP 2019 conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Oral talk at the International Conference for Environmental Psychology 2019 in Plymouth, UK, on the latest findings of Blue Communities, project 12. The main content was the development and evaluation of the scenario built in Taytay, Palawan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation and participation at 3rd International Symposium on Conservation and Management of Wetlands (ISCMW 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation on 'gender and ecosystems'. Highlighted to policy makers, other scientists, and practitioners that we need to consider the uneven distribution of benefits from wetlands amongst different social groups, taking gender as an example. Talked raised awareness of Blue Communities as well, and topic introduced participants to ideas behind project 9 of Blue Communities. A pop-up exhibit stand for Blue Communities was also displayed, and it provided a useful networking event for potential participants of Blue Communities research going forward.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://iscmwswcs.wixsite.com/iscmw/3rdiscmw
 
Description Presentation at EU Ocean Day at the EU pavilion, during the United Nations Climate Change Conference, of the 25th Conference of Parties (COP25): Climate ready marine spatial plans: end-use demonstrator usingmodelling data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I gave this presentation at the EU Ocean's day during COP25, in the opening session entitled: Oceans and Climate: from science to policy, which was an event hosted EU Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commission department, organised and chaired by Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the Association of the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union. The event was opened by Veronika Veits, the Director of International Ocean Governance and Sustainable Fisheries, of the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission; and by Prof. Biliana Cicin-Sain, President of the Global Ocean Forum. The other speakers included Porf Hans-Otto Pörtner, Co Chair IPCC WGII & the Alfred Wagner Institute, GER; Prof Manuel Barange, Director of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division of the UNited Nation's Food and Agricultural Organisation; Faisal Dilrosun, Expert on Oceans, for the Curaçao government; Pablo Lopez-Herrerias, Coordinator of the OCTA secretariat); Sebastien Soleille , Head of Energy Transition at BNP Paribas; Jean-Pierre Gattuso, Research Director of the Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche, CNRS, Sorbonne Université and Iddri, France; and Dr Loreley Picourt, of the NGO Ocean and Climate Platform. The event was attended by circa 70 people, with an audience varying between research, policy makers, NGOs, business, and civil society. The talk given was intended to highlight UK based development of decision support tools for the assessment of the emergence of the climate signal, whcih I have led, to facilitate the development of climate ready marine spatial planning strategies around the globe.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://ec.europa.eu/clima/sites/calendar/0138/calendar_en.htm#schedule
 
Description Presentation at the European Union pavilion at the Eu Ocean Day at the 23rd United Nations Conference of Parties: Oceans and Climate and Science III: From challenges to solutions (10 Nov 2017, 16:00-17:00) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation given on past EU funded PML led research (Queiros et al.) and its new application in several official development assistance projects I am involved in focusing on adaptation and mitigation measures to support coastal communities via climate-ready marine spatial planning, including the RCUK GCRF project Blue Communities (lead: Mel Austen, PML).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://ec.europa.eu/clima/events/0118/calendar_en.htm#schedule
 
Description Presentation on Blue Communities and participation in GCRF panel discussion at National Oceanography Centere Association, London 1 May 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented Blue Communities project to audience. Discussed GCRF projects during subsequent panel discussion. Raised awareness among marine scientists and practitioners of opportunities and challenges in engaging in marine research and GCRF challenge work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation on Ecosystem Services and Wellbeing at the University of Malaya 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A 1 hour presentation on the complex relationship between ecosystem services and holistic wellbeing was carried out at the university of Malaya. This involved follo wup conversations with post graduate students and WWF rresearchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation to University of British Columbia Collaborative for Landscape Planning (CALP) team "Meet the Scholar" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Sabine Pahl presented the Blue Communities approach and work programme, particularly focusing on Project 12. A lively discussion ensued with lots of thoughtful input from the interdisciplinary audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://calp.forestry.ubc.ca/poster_dr-sabine-pahl/
 
Description Presented BlueCommuities to Natural England's Living Coasts group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Living Coasts Intitiative is supporting sustainable livelihoods in the UK and I talked about the parallel work we are doing the Philippines - and the amazing overlaps.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Preserntation to the Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA), Kuala Lumpur (January 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Mel Austen (project leader) presented the Blue Communities Programme to various staff including the Director at the Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA). This provided useful connections as MIMA is.a policy research institute set up by the Malaysian Government providing them with assistance and support national maritime policy planning and implementation. We discussed our approaches in Blue Communities and how we might together work with MIMA towards meeting our aims and objectives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Press release - Global science to support coastal communities in SE Asia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A press release entitled "Global science to support coastal communities in SE Asia" was disseminated to media contacts from the Communications Department of the Lead Partner, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and via social media platforms such as Twitter. The article focused up on the news of the kick off meeting held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.blue-communities.org/News_Events/Global_science_to_support_coastal_communities_in_S
 
Description Press release - Supporting coastal communities in Southeast Asia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A press release entitled "Supporting coastal communities in Southeast Asia" was disseminated to the media contacts from the Communications department of the Lead Partner, Plymouth Marine Laboratory on 7th December 2017. This was further disseminated via social media platforms including Twitter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.blue-communities.org/News_Events/Supporting_coastal_communities_in_Southeast_Asia
 
Description Press release announcing funding award for Blue Communities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Press release to announce the Blue Communities funding award
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.pml.ac.uk/News_and_media/News/Supporting_coastal_communities_in_Southeast_Asia
 
Description Programme newsletter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Regular Programme newsletter, which focused on the great work that has already happened in the case study areas and working with the case study partners from different side of the world. It is used to promote programme activities to stakeholders to encourage collaboration and/or uptake of the science and as the Programme is so large, the newsletter provides a great opportunity to share information about programme activities, celebrate success and alert to future activities. We have received positive feedback and thanks for an interesting and useful read.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://mailchi.mp/d7c42c04eec2/gcrf-blue-communities-newsletter-november-1608445?e=9889454b77
 
Description Project overview presented to stakeholders in San Juan, Aborlan and Liminangcong, Biton, Pamantolon and New Guinlo, Taytay; and ocular inspection at Apurawan, Aborlan, Palawan. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Researchers from Western Philippines Universities conducted courtesy calls and presented project overviews at San Juan, Aborlan and Liminangcong, Biton, Pamantolon and New Guinlo, Taytay and there was an ocular inspection at Apurawan, Aborlan, Palawan. Outcomes from the workshops and meetings at barangay level had resulted in the understanding and support of the barangay local government units to the project and how they can be involved .
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Provincial government workshop (Palawan) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact About 20 participants at the provincial level of Palawan attended a workshop organised by Blue Communities partner Western Philippines University. The team implemented methods taught at a previous training workshop, with guidance and feedback from M Fortnam. Participants discussed challenges and opportunities for improving the Environmental Critical Areas Network in the Palawan UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve. WPU team members reported that they have learnt a lot from participating in this process.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Public Presentation UM: The Impact of air pollution on hospital admissions for respiratory illness in Kuala Lumpur 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation to colleagues in the UM on the The effects of air pollution on asthma hospital admissions in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia, 2013-2015.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Regional Training Workshop on Participatory Marine Governance Analysis 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Blue Communities Project 2 UK partners provided training in governance analysis concepts and methods to researcher partners and key stakeholder from each case study. Country teams are now customising and implementing these methods, and analysing data, in their respective BC case study marine parks and biosphere reserves, with support from UK partners.

Outcomes, participants:
1. Developed a shared understanding of key concepts, such as marine governance, governance innovations and power
2. Share knowledge about different management approaches in the case study marine reserves and parks
3. Develop capacities in doing participatory research
4. Received training in and trialled Innovation History and Netmap methods
5. Customise and planned fieldwork for each case study
6. Preliminary analysis of stakeholder relationships and history of a governance innovation in each biosphere reserve
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Remote Sensing - Geographic Information System Training in Coron, Palawan, Philippines 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Researchers from the Western Philippines University attended a training workshop on "Remote Sensing - Geographic Information Systems" in Coron, Palawan, Philippines between 27-29 August 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Remote methods training for Scenario development and communication 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop on scenario development methods with partners from three countries (Vietnam,Indonesia and Malaysia). The workshop was conducted over three days and was held remotely due to the COVID19 risk. contents of the workshops involved for example scenario theory, data management and analysis, scenario development, scenario communication and stakeholder interactions.

Co-lead by Dr. Elizabeth Gabe Thomas and Dr Isabel Richter
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Representatives from Western Philippines University presented poster presentation the 2019 International Conference on Biosphere and Sustainability and Philippine Association of Marine Science (PAMS) 15th National Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Attendance to the Philippine Association of Marine Science (PAMS) 15th National Symposium (July 4 to 6, 2019) and 2019 International Conference on Biosphere and Sustainability (July 24 to 26, 2019) where a poster presentation was given about the work conducted in Palawan for the GCRF Blue Communities programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Researchers from Western Philippines University attended seminar on Algal Blooms and Red Tides 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Researchers from Western Philippines University attended a talk on "Algal Blooms and Red Tide can be Harmful in Pasay City". This improved knowledge on the Harmful Algal blooms and Red Tide in the case study sites and provided information necessary for the effective conduct of Case Study project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Researchers from Western Philippines University attended the 3rd International Conference on West Philippine Sea at Puerto Princesa City 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Researchers from Western Philippines University attended the 3rd International Conference on West Philippine Sea at Puerto Princesa City on 2 May 2018. This provided an opportunity to raise awareness of the GCRF Blue Communities project and its objectives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Researchers from Western Philippines University attended the 4th National Conference on Sustainable Development and 5th Palawan Research Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Researchers from Western Philippines University attended the 4th National Conference on Sustainable Development and 5th Palawan Research Symposium and disseminated information about the GCRF Blue Communities Project therein thus improving capacity in presentation skills at a scientific conference, disseminated information about the GCRF Blue Communities project, and added networks and linkages.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Researchers from Western Philippines University attended training workshop on research ethics review 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Researchers from Western Philippines University attended a training workshop on Research Ethics Review for the Ethical review Committee at Cagayan De Oro City, and then increased capacity among the research team by conducting an echo lecture to the team afterwards; learned about the Ethics Review Process in Philippine setting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Scenario Workshop Capacity Building, University of Malaya 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Introduction of scenario workshop exercises to the local team of the Malaysia case study. Three scenarios were developed. As a result, the local team will be able to lead the scenario exercises with the stakeholders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Scenario workshop capacity building, Palawan, Philippines with WPU 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Introduction of scenario workshop exercises to the local team. As a result, the local team could lead the scenario exercises with the stakeholders a few days after this workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Second Annual Meeting with all project partners 5-9 August 2019, Plymouth, UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Over 80 participants attended the 2nd GCRF Blue Communities Annual Meeting, including representatives from each of the 10 partner organisations (4 of which are from DAC countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam, as well as representatives from the 6 UK partners). This was hosted by Plymouth Marine Laboratory and held in Plymouth, UK from 5-9 August 2019 where activities to-date were reviewed, lessons learned shared among the partners, interactive workshops enabled co-creation and planning for future activities and further collaboration and cooperation among the partners and beyond was established. In addition, nine training workshops were held from 8-16 August which were hosted by the University of Plymouth, enabling further capacity building and training for the DAC project participants. The meeting also included side meetings of the Executive Group and the Advisory Group enabling an opportunity to review the risk register, the logframe, the plans for work and further networking. A field trip was also organised for all participants, to visit the North Devon Biosphere Reserve, where various local stakeholders provided guided walks and also presentations to share information relating to the management of the Biosphere Reserve and enabled the visiting researchers to have a better understanding of the challenges experienced in sustainable coastal management in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Seminar for the Blue Communities Malaysia talk series entitled "Blue Communities: an interdisciplinary approach to building research capacity and developing marine management for the benefit of coastal communities" on 18th February 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact As part of a UK-funded Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) project titled 'Building capacity for sustainable interactions with marine ecosystems for the benefit of the health, well-being, food security and livelihoods of coastal communities in East and Southeast Asia' (http://www.blue-communities.org/), a talk organised by the Blue Communities Malaysian team and co-organised by the Department of Urban & Regional Planning, Faculty of Built Environment and Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, was presented by Prof Austen. This was an opportunity for academics from across other faculties and departments to ask questions and further understand the interdisciplinary approach of the research being conducted.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.facebook.com/events/2994049550612544/
 
Description Social Science Methods Training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Capacity building: Introduction to social science research methods including example data analysis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Stakeholder Engagement; workshop with WWF Malaysia (and South East Asia in general) on behavior change 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact At the headquarters of WWF Malaysia, a 3hour workshop was held on behaviour change with focus on several issues relevant for sustainable development of coastal communities like sustainable seafood, plastic pollution, poaching, palm oil and alternative livelihoods. Members from WWF International participated via Zoom conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Stakeholder Workshop at Puerto Princesa Campus, Palawan, Philippines 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Delivering training materials on using the synthetic aperture radar (SAR) sensor data for the Earth observation applications.Provided training on processing Sentinel-1 SAR data using SNAP software package.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Stakeholder Workshop at Puerto Princesa Campus, Palawan, Philippines 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact In subgroups, participants discuss about three questions, note their results down on a flip chart and present to the audience, followed by a plenary discussion
a) What are the main problems/challenges in Palawan/ your Barangay (economic, social and environmental)?
b) What are the main problems/challenges in the health sector in Palawan/ your Barangay?
c) What are your visions for the future/ your aspirations for Palawan/ your Barangay?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Stakeholder Workshop in Taytay Barangay Palawan, Philippines 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact In subgroups, participants discuss about three questions, note their results down on a flip chart and present to the audience, followed by a plenary discussion
a) What are the main problems/challenges in Palawan/ your Barangay (economic, social and environmental)?
b) What are the main problems/challenges in the health sector in Palawan/ your Barangay?
c) What are your visions for the future/ your aspirations for Palawan/ your Barangay?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Stakeholder Workshop in Taytay, Palawan 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact During a full-day workshop, three scenarios were co-created (best case, worst case and business as usual) by a group of about 15-20 stakeholders from the Taytay region, North Palawan, Philippines. The outcome is a better understanding of the local's perceptions of the future as well as a visualisation of scenarios.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Stakeholders' Consultative Seminar Workshop in Palawan 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On 7 March 2018, researchers from Western Philippines University organised a Stakeholders' Consultative Seminar Workshop with the Department Heads and representatives from the Provincial Government of Palawan, Local Government Units of Taytay and Aborlan, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff and World Wildlife Fund - Philippines. Outcomes of this workshop were: 1) the Stakeholders shared the current status and existing plans of their agencies/offices in related identified areas (Harmful Algal blooms and Water quality; mangrove and climate change; seagrass and corals; coastal fisheries; Marine Protected Areas (MPAs); and Food, livelihood, health and wellbeing), 2) The project team introduced the project areas of the case study and 3) Issues, related data available needs and gaps, areas of complementation and responsible agency/office were also identified in Taytay and Aborlan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Statistics and R Training Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact R training and statistical analysis training was given as part of Project 6 training at the annual event in Plymouth in August 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Symposium presentation to UNAS students and staff, Jakarta 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presented Blue Communities work and lecture on the Gendered Nature of Ecosystem Services
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description The Natural Capital Initiative (NCI) 10th anniversary summit: Valuing Our Life Support, London, May 2019 Invited Plenary Session opening speaker, 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on marine natural capital, its uses and limitations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description The social media account for WPU GCRF Blue Communities Facebook page was launched 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The social media account for WPU GCRF Blue Communities Facebook page was launched in January 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.facebook.com/pg/WPU-GCRF-Blue-Communities-Palawan-PH-390023441445397/posts/?ref=page_int...
 
Description The social media account on MY GCRF Blue Communities Facebook page was launched 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The social media account on the University of Malaya GCRF Blue Communities Facebook page was launched during August 2018. News and updates are regularly posted to this channel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.facebook.com/BlueCommunitiesMY
 
Description Third NetComFish workshop: Research training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact As part of the NetComFish project, training was offered to two Blue Communities partners from the University of Malaya, together with another researcher and two postgraduate students from the University of Malaya during a visit to PML in July 2018 (all members of the NetComFish team). Training covered effective questionnaire development, qualitative data analysis using Nvivo and an introduction to multicriteria analysis. The skills developed will be used in future NetComFish and Blue Communities activities as well as in other research projets.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Training Workshop on using and communicating climate model outputs 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This was a capacity-building workshop for partners in the GCRF Blue Communities project. Participants were able to:
• Learn some key modelling language and concepts
• Be able to locate and interpret publicly available climate model outputs
• Be able to view and analyse information in netCDF files, the most commonly used format for environment model data
• Understand some key psychological concepts for communication of complex environmental data.
• Practice communicating climate model information in ways suitable for different audiences
Following the workshop, they have been planning how to use climate model outputs in their research work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Training event on participatory governance analysis 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Training event to Sabah Parks and WWF Malaysia staff on participatory marine governance analysis methods, to support them in understanding how to improve the governance of marine and terrestrial parks in Sabah, Malaysia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Training workshop on systematic reviews and evidence synthesis in environmental management topics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 25 colleagues from the project partners in the UK and SE Asia attended capacity building workshops to provide training about systematic reviews and evidence synthesis and bespoke guidance on protocol development for future synthesis projects. 5-6 August 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Training workshop on the use of climate model data in participants' research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This was a workshop for partners in the GCRF Blue Communities project. Following the workshop the participants were able to:
• Understand the kind of data that is available from the project 10 modelling
• View, plot and process data from the model outputs produced for Blue Communities
• Understand the main issues to consider when using model outputs to investigate scientific questions
• Have a plan for writing a paper using the model outputs and/or to use the model outputs in other parts of their Blue Communities work
Work on several papers is underway following the workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Training workshop on using the biogeochemical ecosystem model ERSEM 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Other 12 Blue Communities partners participated in the workshop, learning how to use the biogeochemical ecosystem model ERSEM.
During the course of the workshop they got to understand how the model functioned and explore a few scenario. Afterwards they felt confident that they could use biogeochemical model outputs in their own research as well as train others into using them. Partners reported a higher likelihood that they would use biogeochemical ecosystem model outputs in their research in the future
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Training workshop with partners 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Around 20 researchers from Western Philippines University attended an evidence synthesis training day, endorsed by the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence. This introduced the key concepts and approaches of systematic review and evidence synthesis, and stimulated discussion about evidence based [practice as well as identifying possible topics of interest for future evidence synthesis work..
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UK partners meet to discuss progress 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Webnews of UK Partners Meeting in Plymouth which took place in August 2018, was distributed as a press release and posted as a web news article.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.blue-communities.org/News_Events/UK_partners_meet_to_discuss_progress
 
Description UK-UM Blue Communities partnership to support marine spatial planning in Tun Mustapha Park, Sabah 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact University of Malaya published a press release published on "Asia Research News" website about the GCRF Blue Communities Project and its focus on Tun Mustapha Park (TMP) in Sabah, Malaysia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.researchsea.com/html/announcements.php/aid/11918/cid/1/research/science/university_of_ma...
 
Description UNAS organised a workshop for local stakeholders to discuss sustainable tourism and fisheries sectors for compiling an innovative history timeline (Project 2) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A local level workshop in Selayar was held over two days in June 2019. Day one was attended by local government officials i.e., Local Development Planning Agency, National Park of Taka Bonerate, Local Marine Affairs and Fisheries Agency, Local Tourism Agency, and Local Transportation Agency. Day two was attended by local NGOs and communities such as Head of Village (Tambolongan, Polassi, Patilereng), Selayar Scuba Dive and Selayar Dive Adventure. During the two day workshop discussions were made about sustainable tourism and fisheries perspectives from both government officials and communities to be plotted in innovation history timeline and current available network for sustainable tourism and fisheries development in local level. The actors and their roles were plotted in the network map. Based on the discussions, both local government official and communities excited to know the analysis result from the workshop.As follow up, Agung was invited to give short speech to the participants of tourism training held by Head of Patilereng Village on the 26th June.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description UNAS organised fieldwork to measure marine renewable energy potentials and a workshop for local stakeholders to discuss the local community's perspective on renewable energy (Project 4) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact During the period 16-25 June 2019, fieldwork was performed to measure marine renewable energy potentials in several different sites and to observe the local community's perspective on previous renewable energy project in Selayar and their aspiration for future development. Stakeholders' engagement was performed by several informal meetings with representatives from the Development Planning Agency - Selayar, Taka Bonerate National Park, the Transportation Agency - Selayar, Harbour Master Benteng - Selayar, Head of Tambolongan Village, Head of Polassi Village,Head of Patilereng Village, Coordinator of Waste Bank, Tanadoang - Selayar, the Division for New and Renewable Energy Agency, One Door Integrated Service - Selayar, Ranger of Taka Bonerate National Park, National Electricity Company - Selayar Branch, Elders in Kenari Forest - Selayar, Local fishermen and communities in Selayar, Tambolongan and Polassi. Site observations were also carried out which focussed on finding appropriate sites for direct measurement and identify the site candidate for energy system installation (including measurements of tidal movement, and current, wind and solar measurements)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description UNFCCC COP 25 meeting, 2-7 December 2019, Madrid invited speaker and panel member at 4 side events: 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentations and panel discussions at 4 side events:
o The ocean, climate and biodiversity: the evidence is clear for raising ambition (WWF Pavilion)
o The ocean, CO2 and society: challenges, opportunities and science responses for seas and society (UK Pavilion)
o IPCC Special Report on Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC): a Pacific perspective (Moana Pacific Pavilion)
o Blue Carbon - can it tackle climate change and boost resilience? (UK Pavilion)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Undergraduate students at Hanoi National University of Education received a course on remote sensing, focusing on the Cu Lao Cham - Hoi An Biosphere Reserve 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact During October 2019, 4th year undergraduate students participated in a course delivered by staff at Hanoi National University of Education, about remote sensing methods focusing on the Case Study site Cu Lao Cham - Hoi An Biosphere Reserve, where they learnt how to process Sentinel-2 data. This is an example of the participants in the GCRF Blue Communities as trainees (having received training from UK partners) then trained additional students in the techniques using the open source tools available.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Universitas Nasional colleagues organised a workshop with local stakeholders in Taka Bonerate-Kepulauan Selayar Biosphere Reserve 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact During December 2019, the new team members visited the Taka Bonerate-Kepulauan Selayar Biosphere Reserve and arranged a stakeholders workshop. Some key messages that were conveyed by stakeholders (National Park, Local government and local tourism practitioners) include the need for recommendations for capacity building and planning
that are focused on development of sustainable tourism, and management of solid waste (including ocean litter). Specific message from NP management include their wish for Blue Communities project to be focused within their authority area (core zone of TBKS biosphere reserve). Up to this point, the whole of BC activities were conducted outside the core zone -Tambolongan, Polassi and Selayar islands that are part of the transition zone of the BR. CSERM researchers also met with experts at UNHAS. Some of the things discussed during the meeting include involvement of UNHAS students as local facilitators during our research activities. This could be ideal considering that the students have already had local knowledge and are experience in working within communities. In addition, it could expand the Blue Communities capacity building to a wider research communities beyond UNAS.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description University of Malaya Seminar series, October 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Sharlene Boey from the University of Malaya Blue Communities team gave seminars entitled 'Influence for change' and 'Achieving social equability for coastal communities in marine protected areas through zoning' respectively. A total of 29 people attended the BC Talk Series #4, mostly undergraduate, postgraduate, and lecturers from the University of Malaya.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description University of Malaya colleagues organised a workshop with local stakeholders in Tun Mustapha Park to further develop the innovation history and Netmap (Project 2) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact During September 2019, innovation history and NetMap exercises were conducted with four stakeholders in the Pita area of Tun Mustapha Park (TMP) including Department of Fisheries (Pitas), Ko-Nelayan (Pitas) - fishermen's cooperation, Majlis Pengurusan Komuniti Kampung (MPKK) - communities association. Preliminary findings from these stakeholders show that majority of them were unaware of their roles in TMP and were under the impression that TMP falls under the responsibility of Sabah Parks. They were only involved during the TMP planning stage and are still uninformed about TMP's rules and regulations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description University of Malaya coordinated the first stakeholders' engagement workshop in Kota Kinabalu 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact A workshop was arranged by the University of Malaya in Kota Kinabalu where 19 stakeholders participated including representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Environment; the Marine Research Foundation; WWF Malaysia; Kudat Turtle Conservation Society; Sabah Parks; Sabah Tourism Board; Sabah Environmental Trust; Sabah State Health Department; Banggi Youth Club; Taman-taman Sabah; Sabah Tourist Association; UCSF; Tampat Do Aman; ESSCOM; and Reef Check Malaysia. This enabled the researchers to make useful contacts especially with local communities (fishermen group, tour operators) and the main ecosystem services, issues and aspirations for Tun Mustapha Park were identified. This workshop took place during the period 21 - 26 March 2018 when all of the University of Malaya participants also conducted a series of meetings to plan research activities, decide upon the exact locations of the research sites (within the vast area of the marine park) and identify research methods.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description University of Malaya representatives contributed to the Kudat Coastal Communities Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Using contributions from the University of Malaya partnership grant to add value to the GCRF Blue Communities funding, representatives from University of Malaya attended the Kudat Coastal Communities Festival which was held at Abdul Rahim Secondary School on 6th September 2019. To collect data, 34 students ranging from the age of 15-17 years old participated in the Photovoice and AirBnB Experience (video) competitions. The Photovoice activity provided the students with the opportunity to showcase their concerns and strengths on critical issues in TMP through photographs and narratives. AirBnB is a video competition that promotes interesting places and experiences in TMP through the students' perspectives. The photographs and narratives from the Photovoice competition had brought forward issues such as polluted coastal areas, coastal livelihood, traditions and customs, and several more. Representatives from Sabah Tourism Board, Sabah Parks, WWF and Abdul Rahim Secondary School had served as judges for the competitions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description University of Malaya's Publisher printing 250 copies of educational comic for distribution 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact An educational comic has been produced, aimed at primary schoolchildren, to educate them about the impacts of fish bombing in the marine environment and the detrimental consequences of such practices. The objective is for the children to discuss what they have learned with their family units and disseminate the information through the community. The University of Malaya's Publisher has agreed to accept the educational comic as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility and the printing costs for 250 copies of the comic has been waived. There are plans to submit a proposal for further research to evaluate the impact and increases in knowledge and/or changes in behaviour in the communities following distribution of the comics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Visit by Marine Management Organisation Board and Executive Team to Plymouth Marine Laboratory 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Marine Management Organisation's (MMO) Board and Executive Team visited Plymouth Marine Laboratory for the morning of 26 September 2018. They were shown examples of UKRI funded work including GCRF Blue Communities, Marine Ecosystems Research Programme (MERP), NERC SWEEP, NERC National Capability. Discussions enabled MMO to realise they could make greater use of outputs from these projects, and influence the direction of work in them, via greater collaboration, with potential for improved outcomes in their role as regulators of the marine environment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit by Therese Coffey Minister Defra Marine Environment 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presented aspects of Blue Communities and underpinning ecosystem services research to Therese Coffey MP and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with responsibility for marine environment during her visit to Plymouth Marine Laboratory (1st March 2018). She was interested in what we were doing and asked questions about the partners and the issues faced by them and by our programme and its approaches.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit to EUMETSAT 22nd October, 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I gave a presentation on the work we carry out to collect information on marine ecosystem services. It involved several examples from GCRF Blue Communities and IMMERSE
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description WPU GRCF Blue Communities Programme overview presentation during the 7th regular session of Barangay Local Government Unit of Apurawan, West Coast of Aborlan, Palawan. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Researchers from the Western Philippines University presented an overview of the GCRF Blue Communities programme during the 7th regular session of Barangay Local Government Unit of Apurawan, West Coast of Aborlan, Palawan during October 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Webinar: Data Entry Training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Training on Pre-Analysis Data Set-Up before partners begin to collect their data. Workshop on how to enter collected surveys into excel for future analysis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Western Philippines Researchers attended training workshops on stakeholder engagement and behaviour changes and systems thinking 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Researchers from Western Philippines University attended training workshops on Stakeholder Engagement and Behavior Changes, and Systems Thinking. Outcomes from the trainings included improved strategies in dealing with anthropogenic behaviour change in coastal resource use and management; and introduction to new tools for systems thinking modelling.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Western Philippines University twitter account 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The Western Philippines University set up a Twitter account to help share their activities to a wider range of interested parties.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://twitter.com/GCRFBlueComWPU
 
Description Workshop with national and local stakeholders in Jakarta, Indonesia - December 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion on the project 2 schedules in Indonesia including FGD and workshop with national and local stakeholders in Jakarta and Selayar. National level stakeholders were identified, which include LIPI, Bogor Agricultural Institute, Ministry of Marine Affair and Fisheries, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Tourism.Local level stakeholders were identified and include National Park, Marine fisheries agency, tourism agency, planning and development agency, head of villages (Tambolongan and Polassi), Hasanuddin University, local communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description face to face meeting with all SE Asia partners 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Mel Austen (Blue Communities Leader) made Visits to the Partner institutes in Southeast Asia (Centre for Sustainable Energy & Resources, Universitas Nasional, Indonesia; Western Philippines University; Hanoi National University of Education, Vietnam; and University of Malaya, Malaysia soon after the start of the project to engage with the project participants and strengthen relations.Christopher Taysom (PML Director of Finance) similarly visited all partners as part of Due Diligence to investigate discuss institute governance and finance proceses and procedures.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description stakeholder Workshop at Aborlan Campus, Palawan, Philippines 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact In subgroups, participants discuss about three questions, note their results down on a flip chart and present to the audience, followed by a plenary discussion
a) What are the main problems/challenges in Palawan/ your Barangay (economic, social and environmental)?
b) What are the main problems/challenges in the health sector in Palawan/ your Barangay?
c) What are your visions for the future/ your aspirations for Palawan/ your Barangay?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description • PEMSEA Blue Economy Forum, Thailand 14-15 November 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The 2 day Blue Economy Forumin Bangkok, Thailand was organised by Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), an intergovernmental organization operating in East Asia to foster and sustain healthy and resilient oceans, coasts, communities and economies across the region. The meeting was attended by decision-makers and leading experts from ministries, industry, academe and international organizations. There were 185 participants from various agencies from the international, regional and national level as well as representatives from NGOs, learning institutions and the private sector. I was invited to co-chair the two sessions on State of Oceans and Coasts (SOC) Reports sessions which reported on 9 countries in the region. This gave me an opportunity to introduce and present the GCRF Blue Communities project and to meet . The presentation, as well as my comments throughout the meeting, generated considerable regional interest in the project including one to one discussions with e.g. Gordon Johnson of UNDP and Jerker Tamelander of UNEP, and Ms. Cheryl Rita Kaur, Head, Centre for Coastal and Marine Environment, Maritime Institute of Malaysia who invited me to visit her organisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description • UKRI GCRF/Salzburg Global Seminar co-sponsored session 605 - Climate Change, Conflict, Health, and Education: Targeting Interdisciplinary Research to Meet the SDGs; Salzburg 17-21 Mar. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Salzburg Seminar Session 605 was a global gathering of GCRF and other researchers, policymakers, humanitarian and development agencies, and philanthropic foundations. The program promoted dialogue that spans research, policy and practice, incorporated representative voices in the research agenda-setting process, and examined how research
for development is actually conducted, communicated, and translated into impact. Discussions ranged freely. My interventions prompted greater consideration of the needs of Coastal Communities in the global south by the participants, and consideration of the needs of, and challenges for early career researchers working within GCRF programmes. Networking activities led to collaboration on a joint proposal for funding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018