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Reduction of Coral Reef Decline/Sharing stratigices, information and action plans
by The World Federation for Coal Reef Conservation (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
Over the past 10 years we have worked closely with the St. Maarten Nature Foundation and local constituents and had town hall meetings to develop the plans for our St. Maarten Coral Summit 2017. This informational exchange plans for two plus hours of speakers and knowledge sharing about the value of maintaining the current status of coral reefs and coastal environments and how it pertains to keeping the local tourism business healthy. We are addressing the critical issue of getting local residents to take an interest in their own wellbeing by not doing business the same way. Focus on something other than how much money can be made today with no concern for tomorrow.

We developed the Caribbean Ring of Hope Sites in conjunction with Sylvia Earl and Mission Blue to bring representatives for each country to meet in a round table discussion of conservation in each country along with what has worked and what has not been successful and share ideas about where additional work is needed.

We have several modules to be presented like the science of coral reefs, the protection, the monitoring, sediment flows, storm water runoff, 1st response, preparedness, oil spills, GIS and local content.

We are planning for a day of coral planting and mangroves the following day after the Gala. Once the venue is locked down I will approach Jimmy Buffet for the entertainment, who has done benefits like this in many locations in the Caribbean. I am also pursuing the possibility of Sylvia Earl of Mission Blue, as a speaker as well.

Upon completion of the presentation and the execution of the proposal, the template we will have created will be moved to the next island location, most likely St. Barts then Saba and so on.
Create in depth proposal for coral conservation plans for The Cook Islands and received approval from the manager of the MPA and the Prime Minister.

12/14/18-
In November 2017 a devastating hurricane laid waste to the Island of St. Maarten as well as 90% of the coral around the island. The ten year program we developed for St. Maarten and all of the related events were either destroyed or canceled. We soon had to alter our efforts and go into a humanitarian mode for the island and were able to get some disaster material into St. Maarten by way of volunteer boats to bring over 100 boxes of material.

Prepare for the March for the Ocean presentation event at John Pennenkamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, Florida. Assembled our team of professional divers to clean up under water mangroves and beach cleanup. Document all efforts for clean up to share with park visitors. See our video for additional events. (https://youtu.be/GJKqUNDMGsM

Attend Reef Gala Key Largo and DEMA
Created bronze sculptures of turtle for education
Dive trip to Key Largo with turtles for awareness and to go on tour.
Create mobile application for tracking and monitoring
Create partnership with like minded organizations and people
Progress reports
1/18
Complete operational picture of coastal regions in a GIS dashboard configuration/1 yr after execution
1/18
Put two bronze turtles, one small and one life sized for raising awareness for turtles on tour.
12/18
The dive event to Epcot is how we delivered our conservation message to visitors to Epcot.
8/18
We delivered disaster relief material and distributed food and water for both St. Maarten and Hurricane Michael in NW Florida
Staff / Technical expertise
Complete operational picture of coastal regions in a GIS dashboard configuration/1 yr after execution
In-kind contribution
Domestic and international team members have donated over 25,500+ hours.
Other, please specify
Our GIS R.E.E.F.S. research program ESRI, NAUI, and other agencies donated training materials to WFCRC.
Other, please specify
Over $100,000 has been donated over 8 years.
Basic information
Time-frame: January 2018 - December 2018
Partners
The World Federation for Coal Reef Conservation (NGO), Mission Blue (NGO), Under Pressure Sports and Travel (Private Sector), Stream2Sea (Private Sector), Caption Slate's Dive Center (Private Sector), Dive 21(Private Sector), NAUI (Private Sector), Florida Park Services (Intergovernmental Organization)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Vic Ferguson, Executive Director, vic.ferguson@wfcrc.org, 5129861902
Sebring Florida USA
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