NRAS is working in the Marshall Islands where it carries out underwater surveys of several atolls.
The reefs of RMI
contain a wide
variety of marine resources that are highly endangered by the threats
currently imposed on coral reef ecosystems globally. Particularly in
the inhabited atolls, the reefs suffer from the expanding pressures of
growing populations and from global threats such as climate change. The
interest in coral reef management and conservation in this isolated
country - perceived as an area where relatively intact reefs can still
be preserved - has recently arisen in local and international
conservation agencies alike. In the past ten years the governments and
the people of the Marshall Islands started to recognize the need to
preserve the traditional "good and sustainable life" of the country. At
present, RMI is committed to: 1. activate conservation sites, 2. train
local people in knowledge and skills to conserve marine resources, and
3. better understand marine ecosystems to achieve sustainable
development and resource use, environmental protection, and an
improvement of income opportunities (RMI, 2002).
Following the first
successes, local governments have expressed the need of more
monitorings and more training of local employees who could take charge
in the management of the new conservation sites. This is where NRAS is
Beger, M. Pinca S. 2003. Coral reef biodiversity community-based assessment and conservation planning in the Marshall Islands: Baseline surveys, capacity building and natural protection and management of coral reefs of the atolls of Rongelap and Mili" - Final Report to National Fishery and Wildlife Foundation. Download (1.3M)
S. Pinca, 2003. Community-based mnagement and conservation. Marshall Islands surveys to support effort towards reef conservation. SPC Women in Fisheries Information Bulletin, 13, 31-33. Download (634k)
Pinca S., Beger M., Peterson E., Richards Z., Reeves E. 2002. "Coral reef biodiversity community-based assessment and conservation planning in the Marshall Islands: baseline surveys, capacity building and natural protection and management of coral reefs of the atoll of Rongelap". RALgov public report.
1. Intro and Methods. Download (667k)
2. Ecology. Download (1.1M)
3. Site profiles. Download (1.3M)
4. Recommendations. Download (200k)
5. Appendices. Download (240k)
Or: Full report. Download (4.4M)
Pinca, S. 2001. Marine Resources Assessment: Likiep Atoll 2001, final report. MIMRA, Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Republic of the Marshall Islands. 2001. "Strategic Development Plan Framework (2003-2018) - Vision 2018 - The Broad Framework Presented In A Matrix" by SEDP, Steering Committees, Sub-committees established by the cabinet, SEDP Project Office, Ministry of Finance, Majuro, Marshall Islands.
Copyright © NRAS | All Rights reserved | 2008-04-20 | Contact Us