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Coral Reef Targeted Research and Capacity Building for Management Project 
The Coral Reef Targeted Research and Capacity Building for Management Project for the East Asia and Pacific Region, funded by the Global Environment Facility through the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, aims to align, for the first time, the expertise and resources of the global coral reef community around key research questions related to the resilience and vulnerability of coral reef ecosystems, to integrate the results, and to disseminate them in formats readily accessible to managers and decision-makers. A related objective is to build much-needed capacity for science-based management of coral reefs in developing countries, where the majority of reefs are found. These objectives will be achieved through targeted investigations involving networks of scientists, in consultation with managers, and the dissemination of knowledge within and across regions to decision makers. There are three project components, which are organized around the following six major themes: 1. Bleaching and Local Ecological Response: The physiological mechanisms and ecological consequences of large area (or massive) coral reef bleaching, particularly in response to sea surface temperature anomalies; to nutrient and sediment influxes; and the potential consequences of changes in frequency of coral taxa in response to such stressors on coral reef integrity and function; 2. Disease: The nature, severity and spread of coral reef diseases, some of which may be responsible for major shifts in the structure, function, health and sustainability of coral reefs; 3. Connectivity: The importance of physical and biological connections (or "connectivity") between coral reefs, whether within or between different regions of International Waters. This also has direct bearing on the environmental conditions and key design factors needed to establish and sustain effective Marine Protected Areas (MPAs); 4. Restoration and Remediation: The tools, technologies and efficacy of restoring coral reefs that have been severely degraded or destroyed, and the key organisms and environmental conditions to consider when rehabilitating a given coral reef environment, and the circumstances under which such restoration may be cost-effective; 5. Remote Sensing: The application of remote sensing to refine information and enhance the rate and scale at which knowledge can be generated and applied. This includes the need to modify remote sensing applications and related technologies so that they can be practically deployed and sustained within developing countries; A sixth theme focuses on the development of Decision Support Tools to help managers and policymakers understand the likely pressure/response behavior of coral reef ecosystems to a range of local and climate change related stressors, and the types of interventions that could mitigate these effects.** 
  Last Updated  October 23 2014
Basic Information
Project StatusClosed 
Region East Asia And Pacific 
Country/AreaEast Asia and Pacific 
Major Sector (Sector) (%) Education (Tertiary education) (95%) 
  Agriculture, fishing, and forestry (General agriculture, fishing and forestry sector) (5%) 
Old Major SectorN/A  
Old SectorN/A  
Env CategoryC  
Project IDP078034 
Bank Team Lead (Last Name, First)Singh, Harideep  
Approval Date23-SEP-2004  
Closing Date30-MAY-2010  

Main Loan/Credit #53909  
IBRD Commitment *
IDA Commitment *
IBRD + IDA Commitment *
Grant Amount *11 
Total Project Cost *22.3 
Product LineGlobal Environment Project 
Lending InstrumentSpecific Investment Loan 

Development Outcomes And Goals
Targeted Thematic Outcomes...Supporting this Broader Dev't Goal
BiodiversityEnsure environmental sustainability (MDG); Environmental commons (GPG)
Other environment and natural resources managementEnsure environmental sustainability (MDG); Environmental commons (GPG)
Available Project Documents***
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Project Paper (PJPR), Vol.1 of 1 -16-JUL-2009 
Project Appraisal Document (PAD), Vol.1 of 1 -27-AUG-2004 
Project Information Document (PID), Vol.1 of 1 -13-JUL-2004 
Integrated Safeguards Data Sheet (ISDS), Vol.1 of 1 -29-JUL-2003 

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