Coral Reef NOAA
 
December 22, 2014  

Management Priority Setting


 

This page provides background and information on the CRCP's management priority setting process, as well as the management priorities established by each of the seven US state and territorial coral reef jurisdictions. This assessment came out of recommendations listed in the CRCP Roadmap for the Future.


Local Action Strategies
Management Priority Setting Documents
Background Information
Process

Local Action Strategies

Puerto Rico Local Action Strategies for Coral Reef Conservation 2011-2015 (pdf, 2.46mb)
The Puerto Rico's local action strategy (LAS) constitutes the guideline that will be followed to address key issues and facilitate solutions for the conservation and protection of the coral reefs. It targets important and solvable issues with specific projects that are feasible and measurable.

Management Priority Setting Documents

The purpose of these Management Priority Setting documents is to articulate a set of strategic coral reef management priorities developed in consensus by the coral reef managers in seven US coral reef jurisdictions. NOAA will use these documents in conjunction with its 2010–2015 Coral Reef Conservation Program National Goals and Objectives (pdf, 2.51 mb) to direct its investment in each jurisdiction through grants, cooperative agreements and internal funding. NOAA will also make the document available to other potential funders such as non-governmental organizations, federal partners, etc., and encourage leveraging and new or expanded partnerships to achieve common coral reef conservation goals.

To learn more about why or how these priorities were set, see the Background Information and Process sections below. Each document is presented for download below in both full color layout and text-only format.

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Background Information

The reports above were developed as part of an ongoing effort to:

  • Develop place-based, local coral reef management priorities in each of the seven US state and territorial coral reef jurisdictions; and
  • Conduct capacity assessments to identify the support needed to accomplish those priorities.
This priority setting process stems from an external review of the CRCP conducted in 2007 to independently assess how effectively the program has met its goals. The review included recommendations for future improvements. In response to the review, the CRCP developed a Roadmap for the Future, laying out new principles and priorities. A key part of this Roadmap includes facilitating the development of management priorities for each of the US state and territorial coral reef jurisdictions and conducting capacity assessments to help achieve these priorities.

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Process

The first step in this effort was to work with the core group of local coral reef managers in each jurisdiction to articulate a set of strategic coral reef management priorities among existing management needs. The CRCP provided support to the jurisdictions to coordinate with the broader management community in each place to determine these strategic goals and objectives for each state and territory. In addition to other background research and synthesis on existing management documents, each jurisdiction held a workshop to bring together reef managers with the goal of identifying management priorities of consensus for their region. Those recommendations were reviewed by other managers and scientists serving as advisors in the process. The final reports were completed in late Spring, 2010. At that time, the text-only documents were posted to this page. The full-color layouts, including minor edits from the original text, were completed and made available online in February 2011. Correlations exist between the CRCP national goals and objectives and the management priorities for the individual jurisdictions. These areas of overlapping goals and objectives will assist the CRCP in determining the program's investments in collaborative conservation projects.

The next step in the process is to complete a capacity needs assessment in each jurisdiction. These assessments will help identify where gaps may exist in a jurisdiction's ability to achieve its management priorities. Outcomes from the capacity assessments will also be used to inform future funding decisions. Capacity assessment will be conducted in fiscal years 2012-2013.

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CRCP Reprioritization