Game of Floods | November 8 & November 9

CRC is teaming up with Providence, RI Emergency Management Agency – PEMA Rhode Island Sea Grant, Roger Williams University, URI Coastal Resources Center and Marine Affairs Institute for an interactive game-based training to help decision-makers, community members, and other interested stakeholders better understand how Providence can prepare for current and future flooding.

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Lazar Leads Panel at International Forum

CRC senior fisheries management adviser, Najih Lazar, was invited to lead a high-level panel and discussion at the Crans Montana Forum on Africa and South-South Cooperation in Dakhla, Morocco, from March 15 to 20. Portrait of Lazar
The forum brought together heads of state and government, ministers, regional and international organizations, and above all key businesses based in Africa and the South-South.

Lazar led the panel “Ocean Economy and Fishing Industry, A Strategic Sector for Africa,” which addressed issues of concern for the Blue Belt Initiative, a South-South integrated regional cooperation and development tool. Those issues included:

1. Economic potential of the fishing industry
2. Understanding climate-change challenges to sustainability and food security
3. Supporting new integrated coastal observation systems and facilitating their integration globally
4. Encouraging actions for sustainable fishing on the entire value chain in order to
fight ocean warming
5. Fostering the development of sustainable aquaculture, particularly seaweed farming

Web site Home Page for Blue Belt
Lazar is very proud of the Blue Belt Initiative. (It’s Web site just recently launched.) Blue Belt established an African collaborative platform to find practical and locally developed solutions for the impact of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

Lazar’s work upholds CRC’s reputation as an organization where talented, experienced, technical staff are engaged in coastal science and management challenges around the world.

CRC to Hire Business Coordinator for International Projects

The Center is adding an experienced business administrator to its International Team. The Coordinator. International Field Projects will help directors, principal investigators, and technical staff manage the business and fiscal operations of a growing portfolio of multi-institutional, multi-million-dollar projects that are ongoing in several countries around the world.

Responsibilities include administrative, financial, and support services, and operation of systems that track expenses and cash flows relative to annual work budgets.

The successful applicant will possess a bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, or a related field and a minimum of five years of business management experience, including budget preparation and personnel management, income and expense analysis, and managing federal research grants and contracts.

With a unique balance for each project, CRC’s international programs focus on and support: 1) Safe, local, abundant, and sustainable seafood; 2) Thriving coastal communities; 3) Vibrant, well-managed oceans, coasts, and watersheds.

Complete details about this position can be found on the URI Web site at:

https://jobs.uri.edu/postings/3261

BeachSAMP Stakeholder Meeting, Thursday, March 29, 2018, 6-8pm

Please join us at the next Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (BeachSAMP) Public Stakeholder Meeting to launch Chapter 6: State and Municipal Considerations, and Chapter 7: Adaptation Strategies.

DATE: Thursday, March 29, 2018

TIME: 6-8 pm
Pizza to be served at 5:30pm

LOCATION: URI Narragansett Bay Campus, Corless Auditorium (Building #2 on this map)

WEBCAST:  TBD

TOPIC:   RI Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) – Release of DRAFT Beach SAMP document Chapters 6 & 7

RSVP to beachSAMP@etal.uri.edu

The next two (2) chapters of the RI Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan will be shared and released at this stakeholder meeting.  RI CRMC Director Grover Fugate and the project team from the URI Coastal Resources Center will introduce each chapter and address audience questions.  PLEASE NOTE, The DRAFT chapters will be available for download and review upon conclusion of the public meeting, which will mark the start of a ten (10) day public comment period. 

The chapters being released on March 29th include:

Chapter 6: State and Municipal Considerations
Chapter 7: Adaptation Strategies.

CRC a Key Partner in New USAID Project for Madagascar

CRC recently received the great news that a new USAID project in Madagascar has been given the green light.

The project, titled Hay Tao (or “know-how” in Malagasy), will focus on natural resource management and involve several partners, including the World Resources Institute and Blue Ventures, with whom CRC currently collaborates in Madagascar on capacity development for managers of locally managed marine areas. A lagoon in Madagascar

Hay Tao’s lead is Pact, a nonprofit international development organization that works around the world to improve the lives of those challenged by poverty and marginalization. CRC will lead the efforts that focus on coastal communities and marine protected areas. This project will draw on the Center’s more than two decades of similar experience in the Western Indian Ocean region.

The project announcement was made on World Wildlife Day.  According to USAID: “Hay Tao is the largest U.S. environmental investment in Madagascar in nearly a decade and represents the U.S. government’s strong commitment to preserving Madagascar’s unique environmental heritage.” The press release from USAID continues: “Hay Tao, a five-year activity valued at $23 million USD, will be one of two major activities under a Conservation and Communities Project (CCP) operated by USAID. CCP will focus on strengthening and empowering local communities to lead the way on managing nearby natural resources ‘from reefs to rainforests to regulators.’”