Coral Reef NOAA
June 01, 2016  

Capacity Assessments


This page provides background and information on the CRCP's Capacity Assessment process with each of the coral reef states and territories. The priority setting process and capacity assessments came out of recommendations listed in the CRCP Roadmap for the Future.

Background and Purpose

A lack of capacity to implement conservation actions is a critical issue for conservation practitioners in many fields. Whether it’s funding, people, public or political will, training, or equipment, the lack of capacity to manage is a major roadblock to the best made plans for conservation. NOAA’s Coral Program is investing in the Capacity Assessment effort to build more sustainable coral reef conservation communities in partnership with the jurisdictions.  

This project is a follow-up to the Coral Program’s Management Priority Setting process finished in 2010.  Using the management priorities identified by each jurisdiction as a framework, the capacity assessments are designed to identify capacity gaps in light of that jurisdiction’s priority goals and objectives, and provide recommendations to fill those gaps.  The project is not a program evaluation; rather the focus is on how to best move forward and build sustainable management structures. 

The assessment is geared toward understanding capacity gaps in local agencies with the responsibility to manage coral reefs, but the recommendations are meant to engage the larger conservation communities in the jurisdictions, other federal partners in the Coral Reef Task Force, and NGOs. 

The process is underway and results from the jurisdictions will be posted as they become available.

CRCP Reprioritization