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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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 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 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
 
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 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 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
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
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 Global 
Sector Public 
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 MoU between Sabah Parks and Universiti Malaya 
Organisation Sabah Parks
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 Learned Society 
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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