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Capacity Development


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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  • GUIDE D’ELABORATION DES PLANS D’AMENAGEMENT DES PECHERIES A MADAGASCAR Le Ministère de l’Agriculture, de l’Elevage et de la Pêche 1 December 2020

  • Media Awareness and Advocacy On Clat Policies and Laws: – Journalist Orientation Workshops Johnson, K.B.R., Efua.,N. Yamoah, K.K. 1 August 2018

    Human trafficking is a worldwide epidemic that deprives women, men and children of their basic rights each day. It has been recognized as one of the fastest growing crimes in the world that profits from the exploitation and victimization of human beings and undermines national economies and human safety. Virtually all countries are affected (source, transit, destination or a combination) thereof and Ghana is no exception. Specifically, on Ghana, the challenge (and crime) is steeped deep in poverty and ignorance with the powerful and greedy exploiting the vulnerabilities of the poor and the ignorant.

  • Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) Approaches Coastal Resources Center 1 January 2010

    The BALANCED project seeks to encourage the adoption and promotion of PHE approaches among champions and practioners in areas of high biodiversity threatened by population pressures. *Through this semi-annual Newsletter, we will highlight insights and ideas from ongoing field experience on why PHE is important, delve into what PHE approaches are, and examine best practices in applying PHE concepts on the ground. The primary target audience for the BALANCED Newsletter is people who are already aware of PHE approaches, who might be interested in incorporating them into their own projects as well as for PHE Champions utilizing PHE messages and methods.

  • Population, Health and Environment (PHE) Approaches and Links to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Coastal Resources Center 1 January 2010

    The Fall 2010 issue of the BALANCED Newsletter examines the links between PHE approaches and climate change mitigation and adaptation, because of the increasing global and national attention on the growing threat of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the impacts of climate change on communities, and interventions to address these impacts. This second issue contains five articles on: *The broad links between climate change and opportunities for PHE projects and practitioners to address climate change in their work and vice versa—i.e., for PHE approaches to inform climate change adaptation approaches; *An evolving institutional approach to addressing PHE and climate change adaptation at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF); *A vulnerability assessment in Tanzania and potential links between a community-based coastal adaptation initiative and PHE activities; *A synthesis of a Batelle Memorial Institute commissioned report by CDM International Inc. and USAID describing the state of the science on glacial melt in the Asia Near East region and how integrated approaches can help reduce climate change impacts in the region; and *An overview of the Ethio-Wetlands and Natural Resources Association (EWNRA) PHE Project in Ethiopia which is helping to meet climate change objectives.

  • PHE Champions_Mrs. Jeanne Nyirakamana: Reaching Rural Rwandans with Integrated Health and Livelihood Messages 1 January 2011

    Mrs. Jeanne Nyirakamana serves as the Head of the Health Program in rural Rwanda advancing PHE efforts for the USAID-supported "Sustaining Partnerships to Enhance Rural Enterprise and Agribusiness Development" (SPREAD) Project. She and her outreach team help improve the lives of coffee farmers and cooperative members by providing them with health information and services related to family planning, maternal and child health, prevention of HIV/AIDS and water and sanitation. Read more about Jeanne's work in her PHE champion story.