CCRES tools

CCRES Tools & Training Guide

A guide to the innovative tools developed by CCRES for valuing ecosystems, sustaining business and promoting change, and the training being offered to support uptake.

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Marine Planning

Rebuilding reef fisheries with marine protected areas (MPAs) toolbox

The toolbox enables coastal planners and policymakers to support decisions on the total coverage/number, placement and local size of MPAs, in order to sustain and rebuild fisheries and to protect coastal biodiversity.

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MPA policy guidelines

As part of the Rebuilding reef fisheries with marine protected areas (MPAs) toolbox, CCRES has developed key guidelines to help policy makers and leaders deliver a more reliable food supply to fishing communities in Indonesia and the Philippines by achieving strict no-take MPA targets expected to rebuild and maintain healthy fisheries.

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MPA placement optimization tool

Part of the Rebuilding reef fisheries with MPAs toolbox, the MPA placement tool optimizes larval dispersal around MPAs in order to achieve flexible management objectives, including both biodiversity conservation and fishery benefits.

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MPA size optimization tool

Part of the Rebuilding reef fisheries with MPA toolbox, the MPA Sizing Tool can be used to calculate optimum sizes of no-take MPAs to meet locally variable management objectives based on flexible levels of protection (and “spillover”) of local fishery target species.

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Reef React

Reef React is a software-based model that helps to predict futures of coral reef ecosystems under various climate and human use scenarios to help guide policy and management interventions to reduce negative impacts.

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Policy guide: Priority reefs for conservation and fisheries replenishment

Outlined in these policy guidelines is the evidence behind the principle of managing reefs based on reef coverage and complexity because it best supports the long-term health of marines fisheries.

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Policy guide: Reduce pathogenic bacteria through seagrass protection

CCRES research has shown that policy makers and leaders can reduce bacteria pathogenic to humans and marine life by up to 50 per cent by protecting seagrasses, this guide explains the evidence.

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Coastal Protection

Coastal Protection is a web-based tool that allows users to identify which coral reefs protect shorelines from coastal erosion and assess which reefs best protect key coastal infrastructure and communities to help guide management decisions.

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Systems Analysis


SESAMME is an iPad app that captures information about system components (such as resources, activities, pressures and decisions) from local communities and helps them to visualise how these components interact.

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System Simulation Model

This tool is a technical simulation model of the coastal zone built using Stock and Flow modelling software.

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SYSTORY is an app for hand phones and tablets that helps managers to understand and visualise the dynamics of coastal systems and assess the influence of alternative scenarios on system trajectories over time.

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Business Development

EbBD (Ecosystem based Business Development)

This tool is a process, delivered via a workshop. It matches case studies of successful national business-based solutions to ecosystem problems with local businesses most likely to adopt new solutions to tackle ecosystem problems at the site. It enables participants to identify and develop business enterprises that share value fairly along the business value chain and don’t cause damage to the coastal environment.

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Eco-Biz Challenge

This tool is a business competition and development program that uncovers the nascent entrepreneurs with new ideas for sustainable enterprises and supports the development and diffusion of their business solutions across a region.

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Behaviour Change


FishCollab is a diagnostic and planning toolkit, consisting of a set of linked frameworks, principles and strategies, designed to assist governments, communities and NGOs to work together to improve coastal management, or to engage communities.

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My Future, My Oceans

‘My Future, My Oceans’ is a tool for fostering behaviour change, for use by villages and government which seek to foster sustainable behaviours in low-resource coastal households.

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