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Marine Protected Area Professionals work together to build their capacity through WIOMSA's MPA PRO certification program. (credit: WIOMSA)
Marine Protected Area Professionals work together to build their capacity through WIOMSA’s MPA PRO certification program. (credit: WIOMSA)

CRC works with coastal communities at home in Rhode Island and around the world to help key project audiences gain the knowledge and practical skill sets they need to make collaborative and informed choices about economic, environmental and social resources that are supported both by science and the public will. We work with a wide variety of stakeholders including citizens, advocacy groups, business entities and volunteer and elected decision-makers. Capacity building is overtly woven throughout all center projects and programs; it can take many forms, from a citizens’ workshop on hurricane preparedness, to a practitioners’ webinar on marine spatial planning techniques, to specialized trainings for sustainable fisheries professionals. In each case, the emphasis is on learning as a progressive and integrated activity, one which is most successful when coastal planning is regarded as a shared opportunity and challenge for all community sectors.

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