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Long Term Management & Conservation of Marine and Coastal Resources in South Asia


Launch of the South Asia Coral Reef Task Force

Presentation at the ICRI General Meeting

22-25 January 2008

Washington D. C., USA

Dr. Arvind Boaz, Director General, SACEP and Member Secretary SACRTF

With funding from the European Union


Target Countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka

Project Period: 1 Jan 2006- 31 Dec 2008.

Project Focal Areas :

  • Improve the effectiveness of management at existing MCPAs.

  • Improve information exchange and data management across the region.

  • Improve regional cooperation and responses to regional marine and coastal resource management challenges.

  • Strengthen the capacity of policy makers, planners and managers to design and implement viable livelihood diversification for poor reef users.


Project Objectives - Building Block approach

The Project Objectives recognise the need to develop and advance MCPA networks in the South Asia region in order to meet multilateral environmental agreement targets of poverty, environmental sustainability and equitable sharing.

  • Optimisation of management practices at existing MCPAs

  • Supportive Institutional Mechanisms

  • Generation of human and technical capacity

  • Solid foundations for a future MCPA network

  • Transferable capacity and resources

Project components
Project Components

1. Capacity Building

2. Communications and Data Management

3. Regional Coordination

4. Livelihood Enhancement and Diversification

1 capacity building
1. Capacity Building

Planned Actions:

  • Development of MCPA staff capacity and training tools

  • Outreach and education activities to integrate communities local to MCPAs

  • Replication of best practices between sites

  • 5 MCPA sites selected (St. Martin’s Island, Bangladesh, Mahatma Ghandi National Park, Andaman Islands, Baa Atoll, Maldives, Bar Reef Sri Lanka, Jiwani -Gwater Bay Pakistan)

Capacity building contd
Capacity Building (contd.)


Managing Marine Protected Areas – A toolkit for Managers in South Asia

  • Adapt the highly successful modular WIO toolkit

  • Standardised training material

  • Co financing raised

  • Original dataset received from IUCN

  • List of reviewers and case study contributors

    generated to ‘regionalise’ the materials

  • Coral Reef CSI - training toolkit and workshop

  • programme to enhance investigation and

    enforcement skills of managers

  • Development of a MCPA managers exchange


  • Strategic partnership with Reef Check for enhanced biological monitoring capabilities

2 communications and data management
2. Communications and Data Management

Communication and coordination of knowledge and information are critical elements in effective management

Planned Actions:

  • Identification of communication gaps and needs

  • Establishment of responsive communication services and tools

  • Advances:

  • Stakeholder identification of principal communication challenges and needs

  • Development of a knowledge base to distil key tools and resources in support of management

  • Position developed for a knowledge base moderator, to be housed at SACEP

3 regional cooperation
3. Regional Cooperation

Limited inter-agency and government cooperation has been identified as a compounding factor to effective management.

Planned Actions:

  • Provision of opportunities to link regional stakeholders to discuss key issues

  • Coordinated regional response to shared environmental challenges

  • Advances:

  • Two regional workshops convened for networking and the exchange of regional experiences

  • SACEP playing coordination role for stakeholders in project activities

  • Establishment of the SACRTF and Coral Reef National Task Forces in Pakistan and India

4 sustainable livelihood enhancement diversification
4. Sustainable Livelihood Enhancement & Diversification

Planned Actions:

  • IUCN, IMM Ltd and CORDIO working with field teams and coastal communities

  • Understand critical factors in livelihood diversification

  • Develop guidance strategies, institutional capacity and supportive policies

  • Create an informed and enabling environment for the effective uptake of outputs and a greater success rate

  • Advances:

  • Two field workshops convened for field teams and coastal communities to exchange of local experiences

  • A series of pilot fieldwork projects are being conducted with local fishing communities across the region

South asia coral reef task force sacrtf
South Asia Coral Reef Task Force (SACRTF)

Mission Statement

To actively participate in, and support, the effective implementation of existing national regulations, action plans and strategies for the management of coral reefs and associated ecosystems, and to promote the development of strategic linkages for enhanced regional cooperation, and the establishment of an effective, networked system of marine and coastal protected areas in the South Asia region.

Specific focus
Specific Focus

  • The SACRTF will be responsible for developing a sustainable fundraising strategy and will fundraise to support future activities.

  • The SACRTF should be established with a strategic objective to promote the development and implementation of a networked system of MCPAs in the region.

  • The SACRTF should provide technical support in the identification of potential MCPA sites for inclusion in a linked network, and in the development of a regional strategy for coordinated management of coral reefs and associated ecosystems.

Formal launch of the sacrtf
Formal launch of the SACRTF

27 July 2007 Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Hon. Mr. Ahmed Abdullah, delivering his speech during the launch of the SACRTF.

  • Inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Hon. Ahmed Abdullah, Minister for Environment, Energy and Water, Republic of Maldives

  • Guest of Honour, Justice C.G. Weeramantry, former Vice President, International Court of Justice and Dr Boaz, DG, SACEP

Signing of the Launch Document :

From Left: Dr. Arvind Boaz, D.G. SACEP, Hon’. Minister for Energy Environment and Water, Maldives, Mr. Ahmed Abdullah, Hon. Judge C.G. Weeramantry, Former Vice President – International Court of Justice/ Patron of the SACRTF,Dr. Kristian Teleki, Director, ICRAN

First Meeting of the

South Asia Coral Reef Task Force

21 December 2007 Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Hon’ Ahmed Abdullah, Minister, Env, Energy, Water, Maldives and Chairman, SAS, and Hon’ Patali Champika Ranawake, Minister for Environment, Sri Lanka at the Inauguration of the SACRTF

Inauguration of the SACRTF meeting by the lighting of oil-lamp

Following major objectives were successfully achieved at the meeting
Following major objectives were successfully achieved at the meeting.

  • Identify specific activities under each of the SACRTF priority implementation areas and develop a robust work plan

  • Inform and update the SACRTF on the Sustainable Livelihoods Enhancement and Diversification (SLED) activities and outcomes in the South Asia MCPA Project

  • Identify profile-raising materials required by the SACRTF and the process for their development

  • Finalise SACRTF administration issues

Structure of the sacrtf
Structure of the SACRTF meeting.

South Asia Coral Reef Task Force, which is the 2nd in the world and the first in the South Asian Region.

  • 2 Government Representative(s) from each country (12)

  • Coral Reef Ecosystem Expert, one from each country (5)

  • CRTF Representative, one from each country (5)

  • International NGO or Agency (e.g. UNEP)

  • Member Secretary (1) - Director General, SACEP

  • Patron (1) - Justice Mr. C.G. Weeramantry

Priority actions
Priority Actions meeting.

  • Coordination

  • Lead and facilitate the development of strong multilateral linkages and providing a focal representation for coral reef management.

  • Work alongside key national stakeholders to establish national Coral Reef Task Forces (CRTF), and serve as a platform to share information.

  • Examine capacity needs, evaluate and review existing mechanisms for coral reef conservation and management strategy.

  • Prepare a South Asia regional coral reef action strategy, and identify supporting frameworks for effective implementation.

  • Initiate discussions on development of a mechanism to effectively respond to natural and man made disasters that affect coral reefs and associated ecosystems.

  • Designate focal points for coral reefs within the region to increase coordination potential.

Priority actions1
Priority Actions meeting.


  • Improve, and better coordinate reporting mechanisms nationally and within the region on all coral reef work

  • Encourage, and support the development of capacity building and training opportunities, materials, and manuals for groups involved in coral reef programmes through skills transfer and exchange programmes.

  • Increase awareness of environmental conservation and management among decision and policy makers through lobbying and exposure visits.

  • Research and Monitoring

  • Develop a mechanism to ensure knowledge and training is shared and exchanged among the participating countries

  • Encourage each country to establish national monitoring programmes for coral reefs and associated ecosystems.

  • Promote both biophysical and socio economic assessment/monitoring

Priority actions2
Priority Actions meeting.

  • Policy

  • Undertake a review of existing policy related to coral reef management and conservation in the region, in collaboration with the SACRTF Patron

  • Elevate the South Asia experience to the international level by engagement in ICRI.

  • The SACRTF will present specific agenda items at each SACEP Governing Council meeting to raise awareness of needs, and develop political will in support the SACRTF.

  • Identify strategic partnerships and linkages at the regional and international level (e.g. ICRI), in order to develop responsive and informed action plans.

Project outreach materials
Project Outreach Materials meeting.

Development of outreach materials

Reports, Leaflets , Brochures, Posters, Vedios Clips, Newsletters etc.

  • Leaflets

Project outreach materials1
Project Outreach Materials meeting.



Environmental education call for action
Environmental Education Call for Action meeting.

GOALto raise awareness of the importance and value of coral reefs and associated ecosystems, and to explain to the public the long-term, sustainable benefits of the MCPA.


to improve the effectiveness of management and operation at existing Marine and Coastal Protected Areas (MCPAs), developing staff capacity and training tools, and encouraging the replication of best practices at sites across the region.

Call for action output
Call for Action Output meeting.

  • Awareness and the involvement and participation of coastal communities in MCPA management is critical to effective conservation.

  • In countries where MCPAs are effective, conservation awareness is usually high among communities, managers and the private sector.

IYOR 2008 Activity and meeting.Event Proposed

  • Organise and host a special 'Day of the Coral Reef' in 2008 – public festival or street parade with a focus on celebrating coral reef with local dignitaries and the media.

  • Invite a celebrity who is interested in coral reef to be a IYOR Ambassador.

  • Develop a range of IYOR merchandise such as, calendar, caps, etc.

  • Produce leaflets, brochures, pamphlets, stickers and posters in native languages to educate the public about the value of coral reef.

  • Encourage local journalists to write features about issues important to coral reef in the media.

  • Organise a coral reef competition (or photo competition) that encourages participation of local school students and the general public.

  • Promote the IYOR by linking web site to the IYOR web site.

IYOR 2008 Activity and Event …. meeting.

  • Encourage the next generation to care about coral reefs - and introduce coral reef biology and conservation into the school curriculum.

  • Identify and nominate sites that are important for coral reef in SA Region, and lobby for their protection.

  • Organise community clean-up day and coral reef survey.

  • Develop a code of practice for sustainable tourism - Offer training for resort staff and develop /re-print educational material on coral reef for tourist

For more information visit, meeting.

Thank you !