CCRES Tools


Marine Planning

Rebuilding reef fisheries with marine protected areas (MPAs) toolbox



WHAT KIND OF TOOL IS IT?

The toolbox is a set of software and policy tools.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT PARTS TO IT?

WHAT DOES IT DO?

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.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The toolbox can be accessed through an easy-to-use web-based interface, software and printed materials. It supports marine spatial planning by assisting users to develop zoning plans specifically to rebuild and sustain coral reef fisheries, as well as to help protect biodiversity.

WHEN IS IT USED?

This toolbox supports marine spatial planning by assisting users to develop zoning plans specifically to rebuild and sustain coral reef fisheries as well as to help protect biodiversity.


IN WHAT FORMAT IS IT AVAILABLE?

The toolbox is available as downloadable software applications and PDF files.

WHO IS THE TARGET END-USER?

  • Policy makers
  • Government and NGO planners undertaking marine spatial planning
  • Researchers studying marine reserve design

WHAT USER SKILLS ARE REQUIRED?

No specific user skills are required to use the policy guidelines. For the software applications, we recommend participation in short training courses (one day each) where possible, however, prior knowledge and expertise required to use the tools are minimal.

WHERE DO YOU ACCESS THE TOOL?

See the individual links to the software and policy tools above.

WHAT IS THE COST OF USING THE TOOL?

The toolbox is available free of charge, under the user agreement and stated terms and conditions (see CCRES Tools Terms and Conditions).

IS TECHNICAL TRAINING OR SUPPORT REQUIRED?

For best results, training in use of this tool is recommended.