I am very happy to report that CCRES completed our first official training workshops in Indonesia during February. The event involved over 80 representatives from government, NGOs, business, universities and other research institutes learning about our tools and how to apply them in different aspects of coastal management.
The program of 10 workshops was delivered by a team of trainers and facilitators from Indonesia, Australia, Costa Rica and the USA. Participants were very engaged and we received excellent feedback with 98% of participants agreeing that the aims of the workshops were met.
Perhaps more importantly, 98% of participants also indicated that they or their organisation intend to use CCRES tools on specific projects or plans that reduce stress on ecosystem services. This is very pleasing to hear in this our last year of the project with the training a key pillar in our rollout strategy.
Strong networks were also created at the event with some participants creating a “What’s App” discussion group to keep in contact and provide support to each other in the use of the tools tackling coastal management issues.
There is more information about some of our tools in this bulletin, and you can read about our progress overall in the 2017 Annual Report.
Dr Liz Izquierdo