Evaluating Conservation and Management Efforts through an Eco-Audit by Melanie McField of Healthy Reefs Initiative and Ben Kushner and Lauretta Burke of WRI
Evaluating Conservation and Management Efforts through an Eco-Audit by Melanie McField of Healthy Reefs Initiative and Ben Kushner and Lauretta Burke of World Resources Institute (November 13, 2 pm EST/11 am PST/7 pm GMT). Interested in an objective and science-based way to analyze conservation and management efforts? The Healthy Reefs Initiative, in collaboration with the World Resources Institute and local partners, recently developed and implemented a multinational Eco-Audit of the Mesoamerican Reef Countries. The Eco-Audit used standardized management indicators, such as fisheries management and coastal zone management; had input from a variety of NGOs, governmental agencies, and the private sector; utilized workshops to rank indicators; and was reviewed by an independent auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. The Eco-Audit establishes a baseline for the status of reef ecosystem management efforts and should catalyze faster, more effective management responses and increase accountability within the public and private sectors and among NGOs. This presentation will cover the Eco-Audit process used by the team and results from the Mesoamerican Reef Countries Eco-Audit. Learn more about the Eco-Audit at www.wri.org/publication/2011-eco-audit-mesoamerican-reef-countries and learn more about the health of the Mesoamerican Reef and see Eco-Audit verification documents at www.healthyreefs.org. Register for the webinar at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/194378600.