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August 21, 2014  

Roadmap for the Future


 
image of cover of the CRCP Roadmap for the Future report

This page provides background and information on the Coral Reef conservation Program (CRCP) Roadmap for the Future. The contents of this page are archives, as the Roadmap has been completed.


Background
Purpose of the Roadmap
New Guiding Principles of the CRCP
New Priorities of the CRCP
Other Outcomes of the Roadmap

Background

In 2007, the Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) underwent an external review by a panel of recognized experts in coral reef resource science and management to provide an independent assessment of the CRCP's effectiveness in meeting its goals and to suggest recommendations for future improvement.

After the review, there was a need to translate the recommendations of the panel into tangible guidelines and activities to steer the CRCP towards the changes recommended. In response to the panel’s report, the CRCP developed a Roadmap for the Future (pdf, 461 kb), laying out new principles and priorities for the future of the Program.

The Roadmap was developed by representatives from the CRCP but extensive input from NOAA and external partners was also factored into the final document.

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Purpose of the Roadmap

This document builds upon the foundations established in the The National Action Plan to Conserve Coral Reefs (pdf, 211 KB), A National Coral Reef Action Strategy: Report to Congress 2002-2003, and the NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Research Plan for Fiscal Years 2007 to 2011, as well as information stemming from triennial reports on The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States. The purpose of this roadmap is to lead the CRCP toward a more focused set of priorities than those set forth in previous guiding documents, as recommended by the external review.

The Roadmap is intended to set the CRCP's future direction for FY 2010-2015 and define a process to align operations with newly articulated principles and priorities. The document lays out the following components:

  • the new CRCP principles and priorities

  • national-level responsibilities that the CRCP must address

  • the processes by which the CRCP will implement the changes suggested

The discussion of each component of this roadmap is intentionally brief. Threat-based working groups were formed to develop detailed implementation plans, and feedback was sought in the development of these plans. It should be recognized that completion of this transformation will likely take several years. However, refocusing the program will entail some changes in the allocation of CRCP resources. This roadmap outlines the near-term actions that were taken to begin informing funding for FY 2009 and will steer funding for FY 2010-2015.

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New Guiding Principles of the CRCP

The CRCP set forth the following seven key principles to serve as guidelines for decision-making regarding the program's future activities. The principles represent the basic tenets that underlie the program and reflect how the CRCP will operate. They guided working groups in the development of implementation plans for changes proposed in this roadmap and they will be used to guide funding decisions.

  1. The CRCP will address coral reef management needs based on sound science.

  2. The CRCP will take an ecosystem-level approach to coral reef conservation, including human aspects.

  3. The CRCP will implement its objectives through strong partnerships.

  4. Leveraging of non-CRCP resources will be instrumental in achieving program objectives.

  5. Measurable objectives will be included and tracked for all CRCP-funded activities.

  6. Decision-making processes, including those involving spend plans, will be clear and transparent.

  7. Program funding will reflect CRCP priorities.

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New Priorities of the CRCP

The primary objective of the CRCP is to address strategic coral reef management needs in a targeted, cost-effective and efficient manner. To make the most of limited resources and to have the largest impact to reverse the general decline in coral reef health that has occurred over the past several decades, the CRCP will narrow the focus of its national program and shift allocation of CRCP resources to taking on-the-ground and in-the-water action.

The CRCP will focus efforts on understanding and addressing the following three key priority threats:

  • the impacts of fishing

  • the impacts of land-based sources of pollution

  • the impacts of climate change

Four working groups were established to provide recommendations on the strategic goals and objectives the Program should work towards in the next 5-20 years in order to effectively address each of these top three threats. Click here to learn more about the working groups and the process they followed to come up with their final recommendations, as presented in the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program Goals & Objectives 2010-2015 (pdf, 2.52 mb) and NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program International Strategy 2010-2015 (pdf, 1.5 mb).

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Other Outcomes of the Roadmap

Fulfilling one of the recommendations within the Roadmap, the CRCP developed the Coral Reef Conservation Program Mapping Achievements and Unmet Needs (pdf, 3.1 mb) in March of 2011. This document explores past mapping accomplishments, unmet needs, the cost to address the unmet needs, and what the priority mapping goals of the Program will be in the future.

The CRCP Roadmap called for the development of a suite of performance measures and evaluation criteria to track progress toward addressing three key threats to coral reef ecosystems – impacts of climate change, fishing, and land-base sources of pollution. Based on the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program Goals and Objectives 2010-2015, specific performance measures were developed to track on-the-ground outcomes. In May 2010, the new CRCP Performance Measures were approved by the Senior Management Council and in May 2011 a CRCP Performance Measures Manual (pdf, 1.81 mb) was completed to assist CRCP Project Managers ensure the results of their work contributes to the new measures and that they understand the process to report the results of their work. You can find a list of the performance measures here.

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CRCP Reprioritization