CCRES tools

CCRES Tools & Training Guide

A guide to the innovative tools developed by CCRES for marine planning, analysing systems, sustaining business and promoting change.

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Marine Planning

MPA and Fisheries Simulator

The tool simulates the dynamics of fish populations and fishery catch with a focus on the impact of MPAs. The tool has been designed primarily for education and training purposes, but it can be used to support decision making on MPAs.

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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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Policy brief: Healthy fisheries through marine reserves

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 MPAs toolbox, the MPA size optimisation tool helps users optimize decisions on the size of local MPAs by calculating the proportion of the possible maximum number of individuals of each target species that will be effectively protected in MPAs of various conceivable sizes.

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Fish SPACE (Fisheries for Sustaining People’s Access through Conservation and Equitable Systems)

Fish SPACE is a spatial planning and communication tool that includes a standalone software application, and its accompanying data preparation and user manuals.

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Policy brief: Priority reefs for conservation and fisheries replenishment

This brief contains guidelines for prioritising which reefs are best suited to marine biodiversity conservation, versus those best used for reef fisheries.

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Policy brief: Reduced pathogenic bacteria through seagrass protection

This brief helps policy makers and leaders make informed decisions about managing seagrasses, by demonstrating the value of seagrasses which can reduce bacteria pathogenic to humans and marine life by up to 50 per cent.

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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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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 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, which quantifies interaction between activities on land and water, and coastal ecosystems to simulate the behaviour of the coastal system over time.

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SYSTORY is an app for smart 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

Ecosystem-based Business Development (EbBD) Approach for Coastal Communities

The EbBD Approach is a process that uses ecosystem services and biodiversity as part of an overall sustainable development strategy, to help support sustainable livelihoods and local economic development in low resource coastal communities.

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Eco-Biz Challenge

The Eco-Biz Challenge is business plan competition, including business skills training, to encourage businesses that are environmentally and socially sustainable.

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Behaviour Change

My Future, My Oceans

My Future, My Oceans is a process for fostering sustainable behaviours in low resource coastal households, for use by villages and government.

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FishCollab is a participatory diagnostic and planning process - consisting of a set of linked frameworks, principles and strategies - designed to assist communities and NGOs to work together to improve coastal management.

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