The grants are sponsored by French Pacific Fund allocated to Dr. Tamatoa Bambridge (CRIOBE) and Dr. David Lecchini (CRIOBE) (SPP 55-1-2017)

Sustainability of marine coastal social-ecological systems (SES) rests on the balance of complex human-environment interactions. Today, these interactions are severely threatened by global change. To reduce the vulnerability of these systems to ecological perturbations and to encourage resilience of SES, human societies need to adapt to ensure the health and balance of human-environment relationships. In the Pacific region, coastal SES are ecologically and culturally rich but are subjected to many socio-economic and environmental changes. Diversity of norms, rules and cognitive interactions among the many different actors within coral reef conservation activities leads to a hybrid governance of communal resources. A substantial body of research in the Pacific has described customary systems to preserve marine resources and has highlighted aspects of their potential role in modern marine resource management such as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). It is suggested that hybridizing customary management with contemporary systems of management during the design, implementation, and monitoring phases of a conservation program can help to implement resource management and conservation actions in a culturally sensitive fashion, leading to an increase in compliance and thus enhancing conservation outcomes.

Applicants for this grant are invited to present their research within this context, “improving stewardship and human well-being of communal resources in coral reef social-ecological systems: Linking hybrid governance and social-ecological resilience in a changing world”. The presentation will be done in the session “H1/ Management of coral reef’ social-ecological systems: tools for engaging the public, scientists and practitioners in an ecologically and culturally rich environment”.

Dr. Tamatoa Bambridge, CRIOBE-Moorea, email:
Dr. Pauline Fabre, CRIOBE-Moorea, email:

Please send (in one pdf document) 1/ the title and an abstract (250 words) of your presentation, 2/ your CV (1 or 2 pages), and 3/ trip itinerary and an estimation of the cost of your flight.

Who should apply
All staff (researchers, lecturers, post-doctorates, doctorates and Master students) of Universities, Environmental/Fisheries departments, and NGOs from South Pacific Islands.