Building Capacity for Responsible and Sustainable Development in the Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea: Program Evaluation and Learning

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Butler, James; Meharg, Seona; Wise, Russ; Bohensky, Erin; Peterson, Nate; Cosmas, Apelis; Knijff, Eli; Allnutt, Jaslyn


2018-06-01


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The objective of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI) is to ‘achieve conservation of marine biodiversity and food security through sustainable resource management’. Goal 1 of the CTI is ‘to designate and effectively manage priority Seascapes'. Seascapes are large, multiple-use marine areas, defined scientifically and strategically, in which government authorities, private organisations, and other stakeholders cooperate to conserve the diversity and abundance of marine life and to promote human well-being. Priority Seascapes have high biodiversity values and socio-cultural or economic values, and existing or potential conflicts between them. While much has been achieved to define and delineate Seascapes amongst the CTI partners, there are few examples of how to implement Seascapes management. In 2015-2017 the Australian Government funded a collaborative program, Building Capacity for Sustainable and Responsible Development in the Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea (PNG), which aims to provide a demonstration site for Seascapes practice. The program is a collaboration between PNG’s Conservation and Environmental Protection Authority (CEPA), the East New Britain (ENB) and West New Britain (WNB) Provincial Administrations, The Nature Conservancy, and Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). The program’s goal is to ‘improve capacity for strategic decision-making for sustainable and responsible economic development in New Britain and the eastern Bismarck Sea.’ Our approach focussed on building the capacity of decision-makers to make transparent and evidence-based development decisions that can maintain or enhance the features and ecosystems that people value in a Seascape. The ultimate goal of decisions is to implement actions to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) despite rapid change and future uncertainties. This report contributes to Step 6 evaluation and learning by assessing the degree of capacity-building that has been achieved, any evidence-based decisions that have subsequently been made, and key lessons learned. The results complete the first learning loop, and should inform the design of the next. The evaluation is framed around the three components of evidence-based decision-making (politics, networks, knowledge), and the assumptions that our activities would create windows of opportunity for relevant information to generate better decisions.


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Butler, James; Meharg, Seona; Wise, Russ; Bohensky, Erin; Peterson, Nate; Cosmas, Apelis; Knijff, Eli; Allnutt, Jaslyn. Building Capacity for Responsible and Sustainable Development in the Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea: Program Evaluation and Learning. Canberra: CSIRO; 2018. https://doi.org/10.25919/5b6354bb7f94d



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