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Status and Potential of Locally-Managed Marine Areas in the South Pacific: Meeting nature conservation and sustainable livelihood targets through wide-spread implementation of LMMAs

The Initiative for the Protection and Management of Coral Reefs in the Pacifi c (CRISP), sponsored by France and prepared by the French Development Agency (AFD) as part of an inter-ministerial project from 2002 onwards, aims to develop a vision for the future of these unique ecosystems and the communities that depend on them and to introduce strategies and projects to conserve their biodiversity, while developing the economic and environmental services that they provide both locally and globally. Also, it is designed as a factor for integration between developed countries (Australia, New Zealand, Japan and USA), French overseas territories and Pacifi c Island developing countries.

The CRISP Programme comprises three major components:

Component 1A: Integrated Coastal Management and Watershed Management

1A1: Marine biodiversity conservation planning

1A2: Marine Protected Areas

1A3: Institutional strengthening and networking

1A4: Integrated coastal reef zone and watershed management

Component 2: Development of Coral Ecosystems

2A: Knowledge, monitoring and management of coral reef ecosytems

2B: Reef rehabilitation

2C: Bioprospection and marine active substances

2D: Development of regional data base (ReefBase Pacific

Component 3: Programme Coordination and Development

3A: Institutional strengthening, technnical support and extension

3B: Coordination, promotion and development of CRISP Programme