CRTR influences international, national, local policy

Professor Paul Greenfield today advised the GEF International Waters Conference how the CRTR Program has influenced policy change at the international, national and local levels in its first five year phase.

At the international level, the Program’s 2007 paper in Science Magazine has been extremely influential in informing the international debate on ecological tipping points and safe targets for CO2 concentrations surrounding negotiations for a UNFCCC post-Kyoto Protocol in Copenhagen and beyond. The paper is widely quoted in scientific and policy circles.

Influenced by work done at the CRTR Program’s Mesoamerican Centre of Excellence (CoE), new regulations introduced by the Belize Fisheries Department protect parrotfish from commercial harvest in light of their critical role as herbivores in controlling algal cover and maintaining reef resilience.

Local governments in the northern Philippines now use an MPA Enforcement Protocol Guide as their standard operating procedure for law enforcement activities in protected areas. Adoption of these standards increases scope for collaboration between municipalities and helps enforcers within local governments discharge their duties more cost-effectively. The guide was developed by the CRTR’s Southeast Asian CoE.

Professor Greenfield also highlighted the CRTR’s other achievements in filling knowledge gaps in key areas, and building capacity. More than 25 scientific training and capacity enhancing workshops held in all CoEs. More than 390 publications that include refereed journal articles, books and book chapters, and symposium proceedings. Information products translated for different policy and management audiences.  DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

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