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The Targeted Research Project

The World Bank - GEF - University of Queensland project, Coral Reef Targeted Research and Capacity Building for Management (CRTR), is a global research and capacity building project that addresses critical science gaps that need to be addressed if the management of coral reef systems is to be improved. This project was developed by means of extensive consultation, and the active participation of members of six working groups during the period 2002-2004, and formally commenced its first 5-year phase on 1 December 2004. I was the convenor and chair of the working group dealing with Connectivity and Large-scale Ecological Processes. The connectivity program was managed through UNU-INWEH (the Canada-based Institute for Water, Environment and Health, a unit of United Nations University). UNU-INWEH's site is, and includes some information on the connectivity program. The CRTR project website is at

The Connectivity working group, comprising some 16 leading coral reef scientists from academic and research institutions in 7 countries around the world, conducted research on four specific projects addressing the question of connectivity among coral reef populations during 2005-2009. The overall goal was to develop needed tools and approaches, conduct demonstration projects to measure connectivity in specific populations of fish, corals or spiny lobster, to provide opportunities for graduate research and for direct participation by management agency personnel on aspects of these projects, and to ensure that the results were effectively delivered to management agencies and other stakeholders in coral reef regions. The research was centered in the Mesoamerican Caribbean.

The research made use of ecological, genetic, trace element chemical, and physical oceanographic techniques to grapple with the elusive problem of measuring connectivity in coral reef populations. The need to be able to quantify connectivity grows as our use of Marine Protected Areas, and other spatially explicit management tools increases. More details of the work done on this project can be found at UNU-INWEH or the project website:

Participants at training workshop, Akumal, Mexico, December 2004

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