Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Coral Health Index - two new publications that aid in assessing the health of the world's coral reefs and managing them wisely

We are pleased to announce the release of two new publications that aid in assessing the health of the world's coral reefs and managing them wisely.

  • Coral Health Index - Measuring Coral Community Health (CHI) provides the latest thinking for how to examine and compare the health of these valuable ecosystems. CHI utilizes reliable and accepted metrics (benthos, fishes and microbes) to produce an index that scientists, managers and the public can understand as they track the effects of management efforts and environmental perturbations. A companion, detailed methods brief and a theoretical paper will be arriving soon to http://www.science2action.org/.
  • Ecological Effects of Marine Managed Areas policy brief is targeted to decision-makers as it presents the results from a multi-year investigation of the impacts observed in long-established marine managed areas in five tropical countries.
We encourage you to use the Ecological Effects policy brief to advance discussions with government agencies, non-government organizations, user groups, and other stakeholders and the CHI Guidebook to rethink how you assess reef conditions where you work. If you would like to be part of the global CHI initiative to better monitor reef health and resilience by adopting the CHI protocol, please contact lesk@bu.edu.

These two new publications add to the growing list of publications addressing the global ocean crisis that have been produced by the Science-to-Action partnership, which includes more than 75 organizations led by Conservation International's Management Science Program. These publications are based on 5 years of natural and social science research in over 70 marine managed areas in 23 countries. Drawing on the results of more than 50 studies, the Science-to-Action partnership offers recommendations for successful implementation of marine managed areas to maximize the benefits to people and nature. The findings and recommendations are presented in reader-friendly, richly illustrated booklets, guidebooks and policy briefs all of which can be downloaded at www.science2action.org. Additional copies can be obtained by contacting s.rustandi@conservation.org.

We welcome feedback on the utility of these documents.

Les Kaufman lesk@bu.edu
John Tschirky john.tschirky@gmail.com