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.

Local communities, divers and fishers can all be key partners in coral reef conservation and sustainable use through stewardship.  (© Link Roberts | Marine Photobank).

Local communities, divers and fishers can all be key partners in coral reef conservation and sustainable use through stewardship.  (© Link Roberts | Marine Photobank).

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.

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Launch of Reef Guardians Program in Grenada.

Launch of Reef Guardians Program in Grenada.

 

For more information about the Grenada Reef Guardians collaborative project, please contact paul.marshall00@gmail.com