GCRMN-Caribbean Capacity Building for Coral Reef and Human Dimensions Monitoring in the Wider Caribbean Region

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Under the auspices of GCRMN-Caribbean and funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) – Coral Reef Conservation Fund the SPAW-RAC organized and facilitated the 1st Coral Reef and Human Dimensions Monitoring in the Mesoamerican Reef Socio-Economic Assessment Workshop.

The 5-day workshop was held in Roatán, Honduras (9-13 December 2019), and aimed to increase capacity for effective integrated coral reef monitoring among GCRMN-Caribbean countries, through the use of socio-economic data for improved standardized and strategic reporting at the regional level.

Workshop training was conducted by Arie Sanders and Sara Bonilla (both from the University of Zamorano in Honduras) with 15 participants (resource managers and practitioners from Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico) in the implementation of GCRMN-Caribbean socio-economic guidelines (formerly SocMon), for application in the MPAs of their respective countries:

  • Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve (TAMR), Belize
  • Parque Nacional Arrecife de Puerto Morelos, Mexico
  • Punta de Manabique, Guatemala
  • Bahia de Tela, Honduras

The workshop represented the first of 2 training sessions. The second, dedicated to the bio-physical dimension of the GCRMN-Caribbean coral reef monitoring methods, is scheduled to take place between April and May 2020 in Belize. Reports on the coral reef and human dimensions assessments for each site will be made available as a baseline for long-term integrated monitoring in the Wider Caribbean Region.

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