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Partnership for Ecosystem-based Coral Reef Management in the world's Regional Seas
UNEP; Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans; UNEP-WCMC and GRID-Arendal; International Coral Reef Initiative; technical partners including national agencies and NGOs
Progress reports/updates
Deliverable Date
Guidance to coral reef resilience indicators and indicator selection for use in planning and decision making 2015
Regional GCRMN coral reef monitoring and reporting protocols for ecosystem-based management 2015 
Green Fins approach for certification of dive tourism industry and regulatory reform 2016
Demonstration of economic instruments to support coral reef management 2017
Type Details
Financing (in USD) Estimated cash budget of USD 3M
In-kind contribution The partnership is expected to leverage at least USD 0.5M cash cofinance and at least USD 2M in kind from partners
Staff / Technical expertise UNEP as well as RSCAP and other partner organisations provide technical expertise towards implementation of activities under the partnership
Objective & Description
The partnership supports countries deliver internationally agreed commitments including Aichi Target 10 and the ICRI Continuing Call to Action, by catalysing ecosystem-based coral reef management.

The partnership is global, building on an utilizing the Regional Seas intergovernmental mechanisms. The partnership specifically addresses the particular challenges faced by SIDS, and over half of the target countries are SIDS encompassing all three SIDS regions.
Governance & Coordination Mechanisms
UNEP provides a Secretariat for the partnership with responsibility for ongoing coordination and oversight of partnership activities, liaison and networking as well as outreach. A partnership steering committee provides guidance and direction in relation to partnership activities and supports the work of the Secretariat. Partnership Meetings are held biannually, to report on partnership activities, outputs and achievements; identify priorities to address through partnership activities; provide recommendations on fundraising for partnership activities; and, where appropriate, provide recommendations to external audiences on issues of particular concern.
Implementation Methodologies
At the global level, the partnership focuses on developing methods, tools and policy frameworks, where possible building on existing efforts, and supporting exchange of best practice and lessons learned between regions. At the regional level, the partnership facilitates adoption of methods, tools and policy frameworks by Regional Seas intergovernmental mechanisms through provision of policy and other support, and where required adapting methods, tools and policy frameworks to the regional context. At the national level, the partnership demonstrates use of methods and tools and implementation of policy frameworks through pilot activities implemented with partners, to support broader national uptake and capacity building.

The partnership implements activities under four thematic work areas responding to common priority needs:
A) Building coral reef resilience in the face of climate change and ocean acidification: developing indicators, methods and planning tools to manage coral reefs so as to enable them cope with inevitable climate change impacts without losing ecosystem service provision.
B) Public and private decision-making based on coral reef ecosystem service provision: Developing and testing tools for policy-oriented coral reef ecosystem service valuation, use of economic instruments for coral reef management, and collaboration with key reef-based industries to reduce impact on and enhance investment in coral reefs as an industry asset.
C) Knowledge for ecosystem-based coral reef planning and management: policy analysis on emerging issues, coral reef status and outlook reporting through the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), and development of indicators for tracking progress towards global targets.
D) Institutional mechanisms to enhance outreach and impact: Partnership operations, strategic communication, and support to ICRI.
Arrangements for Capacity Building and Technology Transfer
The partnership will enable greater use of the ecosystem approach in countries to sustain ecosystem services from coral reefs by:
- Developing indicators, methods, tools and policy frameworks that are relevant to and applicable in decision making for coral reef policy, planning and management. The efficacy of these will be tested and demonstrated through pilot interventions.
- Training on EBM, including use of indicators, methods and tools, as well as applying EBM principles and approaches in policy and planning will be provided to coral reef planners and managers, thus enhancing their capacity to adopt and apply EBM.
- Adoption of partnership outputs by countries will be facilitated through the regional intergovernmental mechanisms of the RSCAP. This will commit participating countries to applying and scaling up use of such tools and approaches, through regional and national actions. Demonstration projects will provide particular support to integration of project outputs in national policy frameworks in a number of target countries.
- Communication as well as targeted outreach to countries and other entities on project outputs and EBM in coral reef areas will raise awareness among key stakeholders on EBM approaches as well as opportunities afforded by the project and the methods and policy frameworks it generates. This will include inter- as well as intra- regional exchange utilizing the RSCAP and their networks.
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