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News from Blue Communities

November 2018

Welcome to the first newsletter of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Blue Communities Research Programme.

Blue Communities aims to build capacity for sustainable interactions with marine ecosystems for the benefit of the health, well-being, food security and livelihoods of coastal communities in Southeast Asia.

This issue will give a brief overview of the wide ranging projects that are being undertaken by the Blue Communities team.

Further information about these news items can be found on the Blue Communities website, Twitter feed, Facebook page or by contacting the Blue Communities Communications Officer, Kelly-Marie Davidson ( Please feel free to forward to others who may be interested in the work of Blue Communities.

Many thanks to all who contributed articles to this edition and if you would like to submit any Blue Communities-related news then please contact Kelly-Marie Davidson.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in Palawan next week for Blue Communities' 2nd Annual Meeting!

Welcome from the Programme Director

Blue Communities' Programme Director, Prof. Melanie Austen (PML), welcomes you to the programme and summarises the vision for the coming years.

Project 3 & 8

Dr Caroline Hattam (PML) gives a summary of the combined Projects 3 & 8: Impact of ecosystem services and values & Ecosystem service trade-offs. 

Project 6 

Anastasia Voronkova (UoE) gives a summary of Project 6: Well-being benefits and risks of coastal living.

Project 10

Dr Susan Kay (PML) gives a summary of Project 10: Future scenarios of changes in resources.

Project 1

Dr Jacqualyn Eales (UoE) gives a summary of Project 1: Evidence synthesis.

Project 4

Dr Leuserina Garniati (CSERM-UNAS) gives an summary of Project 4: Marine renewable energy.

Project 7

Dr Andrey Kurekin (PML) and Dr Ben Loveday give a summary of Project 7: Earth observation approaches.

Project 11

Dr Christine Pascoe (PML) gives a summary of Project 11: Ecosystem level policy and management options.

Project 2 

Dr Matt Fortnam (UoE) gives a summary Project 2: Critical analysis of marine model applications.

Project 5

Dr Alice Miller (IPNLF) gives a summary of Project 5: Small-scale coastal tuna fisheries management. Image courtesy of IPNLF.

Project 9

Dr Matt Fortnam (UoE) gives a summary of Project 9: Principles and approaches to decision making.

Project 12

Dr Isabel Richter (UoP) gives a summary of Project 12: Systematic scenario planning.

Blue Communities website

Don't forget to check the website for the latest news & events.

We welcome your news suggestions so please send information on successes and achievement plus accompanying images and video to Kelly-Marie Davidson.

Blue communities resources

Blue Communities presentation templates, logos and other materials can be obtained from the Programme Office (Programme Manager: Dr Vikki Cheung or Communications Officer: Kelly-Marie Davidson).

A Blue Communities leaflet has also been produced. Please contact Kelly-Marie Davidson if you would like printed copies, an electronic version or would like to discuss translation.

Social media

Blue Communities has a Twitter feed and Facebook page, which is used to keep followers updated on news, events, funding opportunities and progress of the programme.

We welcome your news suggestions so please send information on successes and achievement plus accompanying images and video to Kelly-Marie Davidson.

Blue Communities partners

Programme lead: Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)
University of Exeter (UoE)
University of Plymouth (UoP)
Centre for Sustainable Energy and Resources Management, Universitas Nasional (CSERM-UNAS)
Hanoi National University of Education (HNUE)
University of Malaya (UoM)
Western Philippines University (WPU)
Blue Ventures (BV)
International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF)
North Devon Biosphere Reserve (NDBR)

Blue Communities Research Programme is funded by:

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