Coral Reef Governance: Strengthening Community and Collaborative Approaches
Vibrant Oceans Initiative
Vibrant Oceans Initiative. 2022. Coral Reef Governance: Strengthening Community and Collaborative Approaches.
This whitepaper offers insights for improving coral reef governance, drawn from leading research on biodiversity conservation and environmental governance. The paper identifies a set of foundational principles for strong community-based coral reef governance grounded in the work of Elinor Ostrom and further lessons for building, strengthening and supporting community-based governance. These include support for local decision-making, building and linking social, institutional, natural, human and financial capital across scales, scaling-up conservation successes, diversifying approaches to conservation, supporting equity, rights, and justice, and monitoring and management of emerging threats.