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GFCR Scientific and Technical Advisory Group for Monitoring and Evaluation

The Global Fund for Coral Reefs (GFCR) has established a Scientific and Technical Advisory Group for Monitoring and Evaluation (STAG). The STAG is comprised of independent international experts in diverse fields related to coral reef conservation, management, restoration, socio-economics of coral reef adjacent communities as well as conservation finance and sustainable business experts. The group will provide recommendations and advice to the GFCR Secretariat and key partners with a focus on monitoring and evaluation (M&E). 

Following a selection process for expert identification managed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the GFCR STAG membership is comprised of the following individuals:

  • Yimnang Golbuu, Palau International Coral Reef Center
  • Emily Darling, Wildlife Conservation Society 
  • Francis Staub, International Coral Reed Initiative 
  • Anastazia Banaszak, National Autonomous University of Mexico
  • Ranjeet Bhagooli, International Coral Reef Society / University of Mauritius
  • Elizabeth Shaver, The Nature Conservancy
  • Arthur Tuda, Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association
  • Margaux Hein, Independent
  • Buki Rinkevich, Israel Oceanographic & Limnological Research
  • David Smith, University of Essex / Mars
  • Sylvain Pioch, Université de Montpellier
  • Austin Bowden-Kerby, Corals for Conservation
  • Joseph Maina, Macquarie University
  • Serge Planes, Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l’Environnement
  • Mary Allen, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration / Socio-economic Monitoring for Coastal Management
  • Charlotte Gough, Blue Ventures
  • Peter Mumby, University of Queensland
  • Annette Breckwoldt, Centre for Tropical Marine Research
  • Kirsten Oleson, University of Hawaii
  • Jeremy Prince, Biospherics
  • Anderson Mayfield, International Coral Reef Society
  • Emily Corcoran, Independent
  • Melanie McField, Director, Healthy Reefs Initiative, Smithsonian Institution
  • Lauretta Burke, World Resources Institute
  • Adel Heenan, Global Fishing Watch
  • Sue Wells, Independent
  • Sophie Benbow, Flora & Fauna International
  • Philippa Cohen, Independent
  • Niphon Phongsuwan, International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • Joshua Cinner, James Cook University
  • Matthew Curnock, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
  • David Souter, Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network

The GFCR was launched in September 2020 by a coalition of private foundations, Member States, UN agencies and private sector impact investors with the ambition to mobilise USD $625 million for coral reef conservation. The GFCR is the first and only global blended finance instrument dedicated to coral reefs. The global initiative promotes a ‘protect-transform-restore-recover’ approach concentrated on coral reef ecosystems with the greatest chance of surviving climate change.  A robust monitoring and evaluation process is crucial to ensure that the progress of the GFCR in meeting its objectives and desired outcomes. 

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