Marine planning training workshop, Makassar Indonesia (L Izquierdo)

How will our tools be used, and by whom?

At the recent training on CCRES tools held in Makassar, Indonesia, participants were very enthusiastic about how the CCRES tools could be applied in their own or their organisation’s current and future work.

Around 97% agreed, or strongly agreed, that following their involvement with CCRES, they perceive benefits in incorporating information on ecosystem services into decision making.

“This was very encouraging to hear,” said Project Manager, Liz Izquierdo.

“We are a technical assistance project so it is wonderful to know that our end-users are already seeing the value of our tools. The co-design approach our researchers have used in developing them appears to be paying off.       

“Participants also gave us helpful suggestions on individual tools to refine them for the final versions,” said Liz.

What they said

Participants indicated that the tools would be used on specific projects or plans that reduce stress on ecosystem services. We asked how they intended to use the tools – here are some examples they gave.

  • “To help government projects manage marine ecosystems”
  • “Making use of the tools as a support for decision making. For example, to describe the conditions in an MPA plan area”
  • “Reporting to leadership”
  • “In raising awareness and community engagement”
  • “Providing direct community involvement so that their sense of responsibility is more pronounced”
  • “We will use the FishCollab tool to explore stakeholders’ views in relation to managing the river fishery. It would be good if it overcomes the existing conflict or other problems associated with the cultivation activities”
  • “I will apply the CCRES tool to coastal communities in relation to how they can care more for the environment, which will have a long-term impact for future generations”
  • “We have ongoing blue carbon project and we intend to use CCRES tools for the project, particularly for mangrove and seagrass ecosystems”
  • “Find some business idea that can reduce illegal fisheries”
  • “SYSTORY and SESAMME is a very interesting tool that will help data collection and community engagement. It is very helpful with the visualisation and simulation
  • “We will be using CCRES tools to improve our MPA design and recommendations”

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