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NCCOS Science Leads to International Coral Conservation Effort

Published on: 07/07/2016
Research Area(s): Coastal Change
Primary Contact(s): felix.martinez@noaa.gov

A group of prominent marine environmental experts recently committed to working with government leaders of Palau, Micronesia, and the Marshall Islandson coral conservation. The group pledged to provide their expertise in natural and social science, engineering, economics, and law to provide scientific and technical assistance to managers and policy makers. This will, in turn, build much needed capacity in a region that hosts the most diverse coral reefs.

Mr. Noah Idechong, Senior Advisor to the Minister of Natural Resources, Environment, and Tourism in Palau and former Speaker of the Palau National Congress, presents the Micronesian leaders' Call to Action for coral reef protection at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium, Honolulu, HI (credit: Kristen Weiss, Center for Ocean Solutions)

Mr. Noah Idechong, former Speaker of the Palau National Congress, presents the Micronesian leaders’ Call to Action for coral reef protection at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium, Honolulu, HI.Photo credit:Center for Ocean Solutions

The effort, led by Professor Robert Richmond at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Director of the Kewalo Marine Laboratory, modelsan NCCOS supported groundbreaking project linking science with management in the region.

Noah Idechong, former Speaker of the Palau National Congress and Senior Advisor to the Palau Ministry of Natural Resources, announced the agreement at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium held June 19-24 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The experts met with Island leaders during the symposium and pledged in response to the leaders official call to action to restore and protect these sensitive ecosystems.

For more information, contact Felix Martinez.

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