Final Symposium for the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Blue Communities Programme
- Health and the Marine Environment
- Governance and Management
- The Future, Climate Change and Modelling
- Ecosystems and Resource Management
- Building Research Capability.
Pole and line tuna fishers celebrate their catch, Bitung, Indonesia. Image credit: Paul Hilton & IPNLF
The third GCRF Blue Communities Annual Meeting
Virtual meeting: 15–22 July 2020, 08:30–11:30 (GMT)
Researchers and local representatives from across the world will gather virtually this week to discuss some of the major challenges facing coastal communities and the various aspects of policy, planning and management required to support sustainable marine ecosystems.
The Annual Meeting was originally to be held in Hoi An, Vietnam, but following cancellation due to COVID-19, it will now be hosted online by the University of Plymouth with an adapted agenda of talks, workshops and debates. It will be the first to feature stakeholders in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, where the programme’s research projects are taking place.
Researcher and stakeholder collaboration
Blue Communities includes 12 underpinning and interrelated research projects that, in conjunction with coastal community stakeholders, are helping to develop knowledge on the impacts and opportunities of overfishing/sustainable fishing, rising tourism, renewable energy, climate change, coastal area management, rising populations, economic improvement and transport.
A key emphasis of the programme is on close collaboration with local researchers to build research capability that will support and underpin stakeholders and their decisions on marine spatial planning for the sustainable management of marine ecosystems. All of the projects share data and findings, and it is hoped they will also be able to extend the projects to other communities that suffer from similar challenges.