Reef Guardians: a program for enabling stewardship in local communities
Local people play a key role in protecting coral reefs and
helping to support tourism, fisheries and local recreation. Communities,
businesses, governments, conservation groups and resource managers all share a strong interest in looking after reefs, and in many countries there are local activities to raise awareness and strengthen community support for coral reef management. Building on this base of engagement, there is opportunity to encourage more active stewardship through a coordinated program of outreach, education and participation that can build the capacity and opportunity for local people to be partners in sustaining coral reef resources and protecting biodiversity.
What the project achieved
Through the Australia-Caribbean Coral Reef Collaboration, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority partnered with the Government of Grenada to develop a reef stewardship program framework, planning tools and resources.
This project drew on experience from the successful Reef Guardians program in the Great Barrier Reef to tailor a program of activities to assist coral reef managers in Grenada build support for coral reef management. The Grenada Reef Guardians program includes strategies to foster joint action, participation in research and monitoring, education and best practice.
For more information about the Grenada Reef Guardians collaborative project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org