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Collaboration and capacity building for coral restoration in the Pacific Islands


Project Manager:
Lani Watson
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Project Summary:
This effort has been designed as a multi-year partnership. NOAA and partners will gather information on existing coral restoration projects and initiatives, build a list of restoration experts and practitioners and develop a synthesis of existing science needed for the U.S. Pacific Islands jurisdictions to develop coral restoration plans. NOAA and partners will help the State of Hawai‘i Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) develop a climate-resilient restoration plan, identify the best sites for active restoration, and catalyze local restoration efforts. NOAA and partners will also engage resource managers from Guam, American Samoa, and CNMI in workshops, training and technical assistance, and learning exchanges to increase the effectiveness of restoration projects throughout the Pacific. This multi-year effort includes: (1) Restoration Planning and Technical Assistance for all four US-affiliated Pacific jurisdictions (2) Scientific Assessments to Target Restoration in Hawai‘i (3) Implementation and Evaluation of Restoration in Hawai‘i. 
Expected Outcome:
In Year 1: 1. TNC’s Reef Resilience team and Hawai‘i Program staff will collaborate with NOAA to design, host and facilitate a multi-jurisdictional planning workshop to help each of the four U.S. Pacific Islands jurisdictions develop restoration plans based on the Manager’s Guide to Coral Reef Restoration Planning & Design. 2. A compilation and synthesis of existing assessments of resilience, climate vulnerability, and coral reef condition from each of the four Pacific Island jurisdictions. This will be presented to the planning teams to inform their planning process and identify additional information needs. 3. Planning teams of local experts, resource managers and stakeholders will be convened in consultation with local management agencies and NOAA. Through the process developed in the Manager?s Guide, we will help each planning team identify which restoration interventions are appropriate and where they should be implemented, based on their restoration objectives and unique biological, social, political,  and cultural context.This planning process will include information on the 23 restoration interventions developed through the National Academy of Science’s (NAS) Research Review of Interventions to Increase the Persistence and Resilience of Coral Reefs. In Year 2: 1. Targeted follow-up training, technical assistance and learning exchanges to managers in Hawai‘i,  Guam, American Samoa, and CNMI based on the identified needs of each jurisdiction. 2. Each jurisdiction will develop a plan based on a chosen goal (ie: coastal protection). 3. Science assessments to further inform selection of restoration sites in Hawaii. In Years 3 and 4: 1. Implementation of restoration projects in Hawaii
Project Locations:
  • Hawaii
  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Jursdiction Priority Sites:
  • Pelekane Bay-Puako-Anaeho‘omalu Bay (Hawai‘i)
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