03 Sep Building a Community of Practice for Conservation-Focused Learning Networks Worldwide
To share success stories and experiences, as well as create a community of practitioners for the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), sessions on Learning Networks were conducted in Washington DC in August 2019.
CTC Executive Director, Rili Djohani, attended the event, and shared stories, challenges and successes of the CTI-CFF Women Leaders Forum (WLF) and Maritime Local Government Network (LGN) with the international workshop participants. The CTI-CFF WLF is a platform to strengthen the role of women leaders in protecting and sustaining coastal and marine ecosystems in the Coral Triangle Region. Since 2014, the network has grown from 15 women leaders to this year including 200 women leaders, linking with national and global women’s networks.
The Maritime LGN is a network of local government champions who promote and implement the goals of CTI-CFF at the community level through collaboration and partnership. Hundreds of local government representatives have been advocating for the critical role of local governments in marine conservation, and for sustaining coastal and marine resources and raising awareness in their districts and provinces.
The NOAA CRCP Learning Network Exchange was an opportunity to share CTC’s stories and build up new partnerships for a stronger future in marine and coastal conservation. It was inspiring to see the global community come together to share and learn from each other, building capacity for a brighter future for our oceans.