CORAL Is in the Nation's Capital
The International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) is an interdisciplinary meeting that engages natural and social scientists, managers, policy-makers, and the public. The goal of the IMCC is to put conservation science into practice through public and media outreach and the development of science-based deliverables (e.g., policy briefs, blue ribbon position papers) that will be used to drive policy change and implementation.
This year’s meeting is titled Making Marine Science Matter, and its major themes will include global climate change, the land-sea interface, ecosystem-based management, and poverty and globalization. Cross-cutting issues, which encompass topics of global relevance and importance to marine conservation, include marine protected areas; education, outreach and capacity building; governance arrangements; fisheries and aquaculture; and economics.
CORAL Board Member and Director of Ocean Innovations at Environmental Defense Fund, Rod Fujita, will be giving a plenary talk on Friday, May 22, entitled Creating Markets to Protect and Value Marine Ecosystem Goods and Services. Conservation Programs Director, Rick MacPherson, will be presenting Sunday, May 24, during the Economics strand, on Developing a Marine Protected Area Business Plan: Investing in Conservation Futures. Rick’s presentation was co-authored by Program Manager Bryan Dias and Fiji Field Representative Heidi Williams.