Organizers: Dominique Pelletier1, Mahé Charles2, Tamatoa Bambridge3, Fraser Hartley4, Onyx Le Bihan5, Pauline Fabre3, Pedro Pereira6, Ewen Morin3

Affiliations: 1/ French Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea, New Caledonia (FREMER), Labex CORAIL; 2/ French Agency for Marine Protected Areas, Tahiti; 3/ CRIOBE – USR 3278 CNRS EPHE UPVD, PSL, Labex Corail, Moorea, French Polynesia; 4/ University of Montpellier 2, IRD, France; 5/ Moorea Municipality, French Polynesia; 6/ Federal University of Pernambuco, Oceanography Department, Brazil


Lead contact: Dominique Pelletier, Mahé Charles & Tamatoa Bambridge

Description : This session has a large multidisciplinary scope and focuses on management issues. It will deal with three timely subjects for the management of Coral Reef Social-ecological Systems: a) participative approaches (to support management); b) integration of science and policy; and c) integration of customary and contemporary management practices.

a) Participative approaches to support management: Participative approaches are diverse. This part of the session will consider the operational use of selected theoretical approaches as regards participative approaches supporting coastal management. A case study focusing on the lagoon management planning process taking place in Moorea (French Polynesia), with the support of the RESCCUE/SPC project, will allow discussions about consultation process uses and efficiency to support marine management in the Indo-Pacific context.

b) Integration of science and policy: The aim is to contribute to a better integration of science into policy and management actions involving e.g. engaging students and early career conservationist, efficient communication of issues and science outreach. These are potential actions for the Coral Reef Working Group (CRWG) at the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB). An important objective of the CRWG is to represent the diversity of practitioners (scientists, managers, NGO, education sector), through an adequate representation of languages and regions. We welcome propositions and discussions to develop the CRWG agenda.

c) Integration of customary and contemporary management practices: A substantial body of research in the Pacific has described customary systems to preserve marine resource and highlighted aspects of their potential role in modern marine resource management such as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Particularly, it can help to implement resource management and conservation in a culturally sensitive fashion to increase compliance and subsequent conservation effects. This session will shed a critical light on desired future research agendas to more comprehensively elucidate the effect of hybrid governance systems on social-ecological resilience and the capacity of dealing with the scale and intensity of modern threats to marine resources.

The session will consist of oral (both regular and speed format) presentations on conservation and management of coral reef fishes in the Indo-Pacific, to foster participation and exchange of ideas, followed by an open discussion between participants.

Expected Audience : Everyone concerned with coral reef conservation and adaptive marine management. It includes scientists from ecological and social sciences, and practitioners involved in marine and coastal management and stewardship (community-workers, managers, decision-makers, planners, …). We expect people from the region for feedback on experiences in the region, and for potential future regional cooperation, as well as anyone from the Indo-Pacific and other areas around the world, such as Caribbean and Brazil.