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R.E.E.F.S. (Research Enhancement for Seascapes)
by The World Federation for Coral Reef Conservation (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
The World Federation for Coral Reef Conservation (WFCRC) has, over the past ten years researched, held town hall meetings, and have consulted with stake holders and experts in coral reef conservation to create eight programs that focus on procedures for coral reefs that will minimize mans impact on sensitive ocean environments, in real time. We focus current issues and not tomorrow issues, we want to see change in years not lifetimes.

The R.E.E.F.S (Research Enhancement Engineering for Seascapes) Program is a global partnership supported by Mission Blue, The Living Ocean Foundation et al, local stakeholders, marine biologists, coral experts and MPA mangers in project locations to address key monitoring knowledge gaps in our understanding and sharing the science behind a need for immediate action and 1st response plans. These issues require site specific attention in order to maintain current levels of a reef presence and to prevent future decline and need to be executed in the necessary time frame.

The need to provide this information for decision-makers to promote needed actions for sustainable reef conservation is now and is necessary to advance the understanding, use and conservation of coral reefs through an integrated program of excellence in data gathering/sharing, education, and outreach built upon active and long term partnerships with divers, conservationist, the science community and local island governments. To share this information on a broad spectrum will give decision makers the knowledge necessary to make better data driven decisions.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): Identify and mitigagte Silt migration
  • Wastewater treatment:
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Reduce invasive aquatic species introduction
OTHER POLLUTANTS (please specify)
  • Industrial effluent pre-treatment
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Transfer marine technology
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
GIS Coral Reef Mapping Tool is a self-contained, summary description of the project report. An abstract Coral reefs contribute significantly to the socio-economic well-being of the people of St. Maarten, an island in the Caribbean. This project developed a prototype citizen scientist mapping tool comprised of an Android mobile application built using a customized version of an Open Source software called Open Data Kit (ODK), and an ArcGIS Online web mapping application built using a standard template of Esri's Web AppBuilder. This tool was designed to assist recreational divers and other local stakeholders to conveniently report their observations on the status of coral reefs in their area. Users can publish these observations directly from their smartphones to a publicly-accessible web mapping application. Such observations will contribute to the development of a Coastal Protection Master Plan for St. Maarten.
UAV and remotely sensed images of project locations for complete operational picture of coastal areas for real time evaluation of marine and land based threats to coral reefs .
Create a Caribbean Ring of Hope Sites
Create venue and framework for Caribbean nations to meet and share developments and contributions towards Goal 14 as well as maintaining an alignment with Goal 14
Financing (in USD)
In-kind contribution
A staff of 10-20 professional marine biologists, knowledge workers, GIS, citizen scientists and management personell have donated their time to creating and executing the programs of The World Federation for Coral Reef Conservation.
In-kind contribution
In-kind contribution
Over 20,000 hours donated to develop and maintain organizational efforts and deliverables
Basic information
Time-frame: 1/17 - 12/31/2030
Mission Blue
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
  • South Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
N. America, Caribbean Nations, Central America
Contact information
George Cummings, SDG14 Ambassador, george.cummings1@gmail.com, 512 750-9605
Austin, TX
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