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1 Coral reef management for sustainable development 2015 Australian Fellowship Program Building capacity to protect coral reefs as a foundation for sustainable development and ecosystem based adaptation

2 Australian fellowship for coral reef managers: building capacity for sustainable development in small island developing states. Building leaders for sustainable development in coral reef nations Coral reefs are the foundation of economic sustainability and social wellbeing in countries throughout the Caribbean and Pacific. Effective management of these vital ecosystems is fundamental to sustainable development and ecosystem-based adaptation. The Australian Fellowship Program for Coral Reef Management is a unique opportunity for selected individuals to share experiences and learn from Australian s leading experts. Based in Townsville, the global center for coral reef research and management, the fellowship program includes visits to the Great Barrier Reef, leading research facilities, world-class tourism and fishing operations, and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Over three weeks, participants will hear the latest research, learn about best practice management and develop new leadership skills. Key topics include responding to climate change, science for management, integrated coastal zone management, incident response, environmental impact assessment, marine reserves, compliance, ecosystem services, community stewardship and communication. Fellows will develop as professionals and as individuals, returning home with new knowledge, improved skills, new colleagues and greater confidence to support sustainable development through better coral reef management.

3 Science update Fellows will hear from leading scientists about the topics that matter most to coral reef managers, including: Coral biology Climate change Marine reserves Fisheries science Water quality Seagrass ecology Coral disease Reef resilience Biodiversity offsetting Social resilience Monitoring Reef management The program will explore the big issues in coral reef management, including: Climate-smart MPAs Strategic planning & policy Integrated coastal management EIA Incident response Ecosystem-based fisheries management Sustainable tourism Compliance Community stewardship Citizen science Effective communication Environmental leadership Fellows will be coached in leadership essentials, including: Management vs leadership How to support teams Networks for ongoing learning Social, economic and political trends affecting reefs Team engagement skills Dealing with sectoral, cultural and regional differences Personality profiling Mentoring & feedback Leadership styles Problem solving Reflection & goal setting Engaging corporate leaders

4 Fellowship logistics Dates: 1-19 June 2015 Location: Funding: Organisers: Facilitators: Townsville, Great Barrier Reef Fellowships are fully funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Australian Fellowships Program Reef Ecologic Assoc. Prof Paul Marshall Dr Adam Smith

5 Program Facilitators DR ADAM SMITH is a Director of Reef Ecologic based in Townsville. He is a scientist, manager and leader with a life long passion and commitment to the marine environment and future generations. Adam has almost 30 years experience in research and management, including 15 years with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Adam studied a BSc (Hons), PhD and MBA and has authored 41 scientific papers and books. Adam is a keen diver and has travelled the Pacific, Caribbean & Indian Oceans. DR PAUL MARSHALL is Adjunct Associate Professor with the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science at the University of Queensland and Director of Reef Ecologic. He worked with Australia s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for 14 years, where he led the Climate Change Program and the Australia-Caribbean Coral Reef Collaboration. He has over 20 years experience in the research and management of tropical marine systems, published extensively and logged thousands of dives on coral reefs around the world. ZOE ROUTH is founder and Director of Inner Compass Leadership Development, established in Zoe is passionate about team facilitation and leadership development and works with clients across both the public and private sector, focusing on developing leadership capacity, skill, and ability at all levels in organisations. Zoe has extensive experience designing, facilitating, and overseeing senior leadership programs and thirty years as an outdoor experiential educator.

6 For further information contact: Dr Adam Smith Mobile: Dr Paul Marshall Mobile: ABOUT THE AUSTRALIA AWARDS FELLOWSHIPS PROGRAM Australia engages with developing countries at government, business, professional and community levels. Australia Awards Fellowships offer Australian organisations, from all sectors, the opportunity to deepen and broaden their links with leaders and professionals in developing countries. By providing opportunities for Fellows to undertake short term study and professional development in Australia, they aim to: strengthen partnerships and links between Australian organisations and partner organisations in developing countries, in support of Australia's economic diplomacy and public diplomacy objectives increase the capacity of developing countries to advance priority foreign affairs and development issues of shared interest at the country, sub-regional and regional levels. More information at Coral Reef Management Fellows Roland Baldeo (Grenada), Andrea Donaldson (Jamaica), Michelle Kalamandeen (Guyana), Andrew Lockhart (St Vincent and the Grenadines), Isaias Majil (Belize), Christine O Sullivan (Jamaica), Rolenas Baereleo (Vanuatu), Donna Kalfatak (Vanuatu), Samantha Kwan (Samoa), Arawaia Moiwa (Kiribati), Samiuela Pakileata (Tonga) April 2015

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