Conservation in Action

Our field learning sites provide an ideal setting for implementing cutting-edge conservation management on-the-ground. We support our partner MPA sites to become exemplar models of sustainable management where wider practitioners from across the region can trial the lessons they have learned, observe, learn, and gain field experiences necessary for becoming excellent guardians of our seas.

To date we are working with two learning sites in Indonesia (Nusa Penida MPA and the Banda Islands MPA network). We are supporting government partners, community groups and local organizations at these sites to design, develop and establish successful MPAs that showcase effective management, and become on-ground training platforms for wider practitioners and stakeholders from across the region.

The Benefits of Learning Sites

Learning sites provide benefits in two key ways:

  1. To convey the concept of non-extractive tourism in coastal areas, on small islands, and in Marine Protected Areas.
  2. A wide range of stakeholder and practitioners benefit from visiting and studying these sites, and learning best-practice approaches to solve the marine and coastal challenges they are facing at home. Beneficiaries include other MPA managers and staff at all scales, government officials, community groups, scientists, and NGOs, private sector participants, universities and associated institutions.
Our Current Sites
We select our learning sites based on seven key criteria to ensure representation from a broad spectrum of sites with different ecological, economic, social, and geopolitical characteristics.
Our Future Portfolio
By 2019, we are aiming to widen our field learning activities to a total of nine sites, including at least one for each Coral Triangle country. Each site will have a different learning focus. Participants can learn from MPAs with different ecological, economic, social, and geopolitical characteristics. Read More…
In addition to the learning site-specific work described here, CTC provides technical and research support to MPAs across the Coral Triangle.
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What is an MPA?

(Marine Protected Area)