Proceedings of the INCO-DEV International Workshop on Policy Options for the Sustainable Use of Coral Reefs and Associated Ecosystems
- Publisher: ACP-EU Fish.Res.Rep., (10) 239 pag.
Coral reefs | Sustainability
The present report contains the proceedings of the INCO-DEV International Workshop on “Policy
Options for the Sustainable Use of Coral Reefs and Associated Ecosystems” convened in Mombasa,
Kenya, 19-22 June 2000. It was convened to address issues associated with the ongoing degradation
of coral reefs and associated ecosystems. This degradation takes place inspite of an impressing body
of research results and and increasing number of technical solutions becoming available. Policy
options for the sustainable use are only feasible if they allow reconciling the requirements of
conservation with the economic and social demands of the people relying on these natural
resources. By its very nature this challenge of managing coral reef ecosystems sustainably calls for
international and interdisciplinary approaches.
The focus of the workshop consisted in analysing how research can better contribute to the
formulation and implementation of policy options for sustainable use. A special emphasis was
placed on coordinating efforts between natural and social sciences. In four different panels
challenges and opportunities concerning economic valuation of, technical options for, and
stakeholder involvement in the sustainable use of reefs as well as the issues involved in coordinating
policies for Marine Protected Areas on national and international scales were discussed.
Working groups focussed on the potentials for improving cooperation between natural and social
science research as well as between research on the one hand and policy makers and implementers
on the other. Areas of policy intervention discussed include regulation of fisheries, the potential of
reef restoration especially in combination with enhancing markets for sustainably produced marine
products, tourism and developing alternative income generating activities. The workshop concluded
by identifing issues for future research collaboration.