Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) conducted a one-week workshop on data management, analysis and presentation to participants from Yap, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Palau. The workshop ran from October 28th to November 1st. PICRC and University of Queensland Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Christopher Doropoulos, conducted the workshop. Participants included Lincoln Rehm from Palau, Jorg Anson and Selino Maxin from Pohnpei, Eva Buthung and Anthony Lukagfinay from Yap, Osamu Nedlic and Martson W. Luckymis from Kosrae. All participants brought their own monitoring data from their respective countries to work with during the workshop. Participants analysed data, created power point presentations and prepared abstracts to be submitted at the Asia Pacific Coral Reef Symposium to be held in Taiwan in 2014. This workshop was funded by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) Cooperative Agreement.
This workshop is important locally and regionally because the results of the data analysis will tell us about the status and condition of resources in marine protected areas (MPA) compared with non-MPA reference sites. PICRC plays an important role not only in Palau but in the region to build capacity for MPA monitoring and data analysis to support conservation and management in the region. Therefore, conducting this workshop fulfills PICRC’s goal of developing local capacity including our regional partners