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Future of Reefs in a Changing Environment (FORCE): An ecosystem approach to managing Caribbean coral reefs in the face of climate change

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 244161

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2010

  • End date

    31 May 2014

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 581 207,20

  • EU contribution

    € 6 474 632

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

United Kingdom

Objective

The Future of Reefs in a Changing Environment (FORCE) Project partners a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from Europe and the Caribbean to enhance the scientific basis for managing coral reefs in an era of rapid climate change and unprecedented human pressure on coastal resources. The overall aim is to provide coral reef managers with a toolbox of sustainable management practices that minimise the loss of coral reef health and biodiversity. An ecosystem approach is taken that explicitly links the health of the ecosystem with the livelihoods of dependent communities, and identifies the governance structures needed to implement sustainable development. Project outcomes are reached in four steps. First, a series of experimental, observational and modelling studies are carried out to understand both the ultimate and proximate drivers of reef health and therefore identify the chief causes of reef degradation. Second, the project assembles a toolbox of management measures and extends their scope where new research can significantly improve their efficacy. Examples include the first ‘coral-friendly’ fisheries policies that balance herbivore extraction against the needs of the ecosystem, the incorporation of coral bleaching into marine reserve design, and creation of livelihood enhancement and diversification strategies to reduce fisheries capacity. Third, focus groups and ecological models are used to determine the efficacy of management tools and the governance constraints to their implementation. This step impacts practical reef management by identifying the tools most suited to solving a particular management problem but also benefits high-level policy-makers by highlighting the governance reform needed to implement such tools effectively. Lastly, the exploitation and dissemination of results benefits from continual engagement with practitioners. The project will play an important and measurable role in helping communities adapt to climate change in the Caribbean.
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

Address

The Queen'S Drive Northcote House
Ex4 4qj Exeter

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 229 023

Administrative Contact

Enda Clarke (Dr.)

Participants (18)

Integrated Marine Management Ltd.

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 261 104

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 921 007

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 329 797

STICHTING NIOZ, KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ONDERZOEK DER ZEE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 375 867

Wageningen IMARES

Netherlands

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 467 942

Stichting Koninklijke Rotterdamse Diergaarde

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 59 723

Carmabi

Curaçao

EU Contribution

€ 153 293

VEREIN ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTLICHEN FORSCHUNG IN DER FREIEN HANSESTADT BREMEN E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 349 986

BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 246 768

UNIVERSIDAD DE COSTA RICA

Costa Rica

EU Contribution

€ 234 008

THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES U WI*

Jamaica

EU Contribution

€ 932 380

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE MEXICO

Mexico

EU Contribution

€ 219 481

EL COLEGIO DE LA FRONTERA SUR

Mexico

EU Contribution

€ 131 608

Centro de Ecologia Marina de Utila

Honduras

EU Contribution

€ 286 160

THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND

Australia

ALTERRA B.V.

Netherlands

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 276 485

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 244161

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2010

  • End date

    31 May 2014

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 581 207,20

  • EU contribution

    € 6 474 632

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

United Kingdom