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    Final evaluation and capitalisation of the Small Projects on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean supported by MedPAN

    The purpose of the contract was to conduct a final evaluation and capitalisation of the Small Projects on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean supported by MedPAN. The main objectives of the contract were to do the final evaluation of each small project (13 projects) funded under the 2014 and 2015 Calls for Small Projects (13 projects), to capitalise on best practices and methods developed by small projects in order to highlight their results among other MPAs in the Mediterranean, and to analyse ways to optimise and improve future Calls for Small Projects. The projects were implemented in the following countries: Albania, Algeria, Spain, France, Italy, Morocco, Lebanon, Montenegro, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey. This contract was done with Catherine Gabrié.

    • Topics: Marine Protected Areas & Evaluation
    • Region: the Mediterranean
    • Date: 2016
    • Client: Network of Marine Protected Area Managers in the Mediterranean (MedPAN)

    Development of a logical framework for a new project for the "Réserve de Biosphère Transfrontalière du Delta du fleuve Sénégal (Senegal / Mauritania)"

    The objective of the contract was to conduct an analysis of the situation (in terms of funding, stakeholders,...) in the Réserve de Biosphère Transfrontalière du Delta du fleuve Sénégal (Senegal / Mauritania) in order to prepare a logical framework for a new project. This contract was done with Catherine Gabrié.

    • Topics: Marine Protected Areas & project development
    • Region: West Africa
    • Date: 2016
    • Client: Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation in Western Africa (PRCM)

    Review of annual reports of projects funded by the Darwin Initiative

    LTS has provided support to the Darwin Initiative since 2003. Duties under this contract have included: applications management, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, technical support to projects and lessons learning and communications. Francis Staub conducted for LTS, the review of the following annual reports: sustainable management of threatened keystone predators to enhance reef resilience (Cayman Islands), community-based conservation for livelihood development in Lake Ossa Manatee Reserve (Cameroon) and establishing Sustainable Management of the Lake Sofia Catchment (Madagascar).

    • Topic: Evaluation and ecosystems
    • Date: 2016
    • Client: LTS International

    Cooperation with Northern and Southern Transatlantic Dimension - Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

    This contract has been drawn up in the context of the activities carried out in collaboration with the European Commission for the mission Cooperation with Northern and Southern Transatlantic Dimension - Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The global objective of the assignment is to promote EU's role in the international arena by providing elements necessary for the Commission and the EEAS for effective policy formulation and programming vis-à-vis the wider Atlantic region. To achieve this objective, the project will stimulate broader transatlantic cooperation, centered around a new comprehensive concept of “Atlanticism” underscoring the growing importance of Africa and Latin America as actors in the Atlantic space. The specific objective of this action is to broaden the discussion on the effective management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) on both rims of the Atlantic with a view to protect marine biodiversity. Francis Staub is on of the MPA expert of the team.

    • Topic: Marine Protected Areas
    • Date: 2016 - ongoing
    • Client: B&S Europe

    Technical assistance for the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat (2016-2018)

    The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) is an informal partnership between Nations and organisations which strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world. Since June 2016, the ICRI secretariat is chaired by the Government of France. Francis Staub is providing technical assistance to the French government in implementing the plan of action 2016-2018.

    • Topics: Coral reefs and international
    • Date: 2016 - ongoing
    • Client: French government

    Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) expert for the Pacific region for the BEST 2.0 Programme

    Francis Staub has been appointed as a Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) expert for the Pacific region for the BEST – voluntary scheme for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of European overseas – 2.0 Programme supported by the European Commission DG DEVCO. The purpose of the assignment is to evaluate projects received within the calls for proposals under the BEST 2.0 Programme. Projects to be funded will promote i) the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems, ii) the sustainable use of ecosystem services and natural resources, and iii) the ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation in EU Overseas Countries and Territories in the Pacific (French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, and Pitcairn). More than 50 proposals evaluated so far.

    • Topic: Evaluation
    • Region: EU Overseas Countries and Territories in the Pacific (French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, and Pitcairn).
    • Date: 2016 - ongoing
    • Client: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - French committee

    Initial Review of the currently known impacts of climate change on the biodiversity (marine and terrestrial) for the EU Outermost Regions & Overseas Countries & Territories

    Review of the currently known impacts of climate change on the biodiversity (marine and terrestrial) for the EU Outermost Regions & Overseas Countries & Territories. The European Union (EU) includes 34 overseas territories: 9 Outermost Regions and 25 Overseas Countries and Territories. They are linked to 6 Member States: Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom. Found in every ocean, from polar to tropical latitudes, they are home to a unique diversity of species and ecosystems of global significance, which are highly vulnerable to human impacts and increasingly the impacts of climate change.

    • Topic: climate change
    • Region: EU Overseas Countries and Territories
    • Date: 2015
    • Client: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

    Development of a concept note on a MOOC on Protected Area Management

    MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are highly interactive online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access to all on the World Wide Web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community of actors. MOOCs are a recent development in distance education, which began to emerge in 2012. MOOCs have the potential to enhance online education in developing countries by facilitating collaboration between people, places and technology. Francis Staub developed a concept note on the challenges and the opportunities to develop a MOOC on management of Protected Areas in West and Central Africa.

    • Topic: Capacity Building & Protected Areas
    • Client: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

    Evaluation of IUCN trainings on Protected Area

    The IUCN PAPACO developed two trainings in protected area management: a Master’s degree (two years)and a university diploma (8 weeks) on protected area management. These courses are aimed at protected area managers (and their scientific, NGO or private sector partners). They provide them with the tools and specific technical skills required to improve the way parks are managed and to ensure their actions are sustainable. The university diploma (8 weeks) is organised in modules combining theory and practical field work where the different tools can be applied. To date, more than 150 persons have been trained. The study assessed the impact of the trainings and provided recommendations. The work included missions in Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Niger.

    Development of a Capacity Building Strategy to Enhance the Management of RAMPAO MPAs

    Capacity building has been identified as a priority in several regions and in many international assessments regarding biodiversity conservation. To respond to this need of RAMPAO members and partners and after several months of hard work, the RAMPAO released the report entitled "Analysis of skills gaps of the actors of the Regional Network of Marine Protected Areas in West Africa and recommendations." This document presents us with comprehensive information on the needs for capacity building and current priorities at the RAMPAO MPA network level, information on the programs and activities of existing capacity building efforts in the region and the relevant successes in this area. It represents a first attempt to strengthen the synergy around this activity by better understanding regional needs in order to harmonize capacity building programs within the sub-region.

    • Report: in French (PDF File) - in English (PDF File)
    • Topic: Marine Protected Areas
    • Client: Fondation Internationale du Banc d'Arguin (FIBA) / Réseau régional des Aires Marines Protégées en Afrique de l'Ouest (RAMPAO)

    Technical assistance for the UNESCO World Heritage Marine Programme

    Launched in 2005, the mission of the world Heritage Marine Programme is to establish effective conservation of existing and potential marine areas of Outstanding universal Value to make sure they will be maintained and thrive for generations to come. Since March 2013, Francis Staub is providing technical assistance to the programme coordinator. Learn more .

    • Topic: Marine Protected Areas
    • Client: UNESCO World Heritage Centre

    Technical assistance for the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat

    For almost the past 10 years, Francis Staub has provided technical assistance to the International Coral Reef Initiative Secretariat. ICRI is an informal partnership between Nations and organisations which strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world. Since January 1st, 2012, and until December 31st, 2013, the ICRI secretariat is be co-chaired by Australia and Belize. Between 2009-2011, Francis Staub served as a Secretary on behalf of the French government (learn more ). The assistance has been provided for the successive secretariats, and thus for a variety of clients, including UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, UNEP DESA, the French ministry of overseas territories.

    Design of a long-term capacity building strategy to enhance the management of MPAs in the Mediterranean region

    For this aim, a study was undertaken to: (i) assess existing capacity building efforts on MPA management in the whole Mediterranean, (ii) identify the most feasible long term capacity building delivery-mechanism to enhance the capacity of MPA managers in the Mediterranean, and (iii) establish a strategy for the establishment of the capacity building delivery-mechanism, including resources needed and timeline. Learn more.

    Evaluation of the “Coral Reef Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)” programme

    Under initial start up funds from the US Department of State and NOAA, a toolkit and training programme has been developed for standardised coral reef enforcement and natural resource investigations, which can be adapted for use in any major coral reef region and applied to a wide variety of events. Regional training workshops are being conducted in regions around the world, focusing on the toolkit components, to train coral reef resource managers and enforcement personnel in enhanced resource protection and management capabilities to respond to natural resource impact events. Learn more.

    • Topic: Evaluation
    • Client: UNEP-WCMC

    Technical assistance for "Island Stories"

    Since April 2011, Nausicaa is displaying "Island Stories", a new exposition offering visitors the chance to marvel, travel, and change their surroundings with spectacular and unusual animals and multimedia animations within a very inventive set design. This temporary exposition was co-produced by Nausicaa, National Sea Centre in Boulogne-sur-mer and the Mare Nostrum Aquarium in Montpellier, in partnership with the AOSIS (Alliance of Small Island States). Francis Staub provided technical assistance in the design of this exhibit. Learn more.

    • Topic: Communication
    • Client: Nausicaa, National Sea Centre

    Organization and animation of a workshop on "Communication and Marine Protected Areas"

    The 4th International Meeting “Acting together for the future of the Blue Planet” was held between 9 and 12 May 2010 at Nausicaá in Boulogne-sur-Mer in France. During the meeting, Francis Staub organized and animated four workshops, which looked specifically at communication for Marine Protected Areas. Learn more.

    • Topic: Marine Protected Areas
    • Client: Nausicaa, National Sea Centre

    Coordination of the International Year of the Reef (IYOR 2008)

    IYOR was a worldwide campaign to raise awareness about the value and importance of coral reefs and threats to their sustainability, and to motivate people to take action to protect them. Francis Staub was the coordinator of this international campaign on behalf of the International Coral Reef Initiative.

    Implementation Completion and Results Report (ICR)

    Evaluation of the main features of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) financed project for the implementation of Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Strategic Action Plan (SAP) against the expectations at appraisal, including the design, the cost estimate, outputs, and outcomes of the project. The work also includes the review and evaluation of the performance of PERSGA, its members countries, the Bank, and the other GEF Implementing Agencies.

    Development of educational modules

    Assistance in the development of 2 modules (one on Marine Protected Area Networks and the other on Marine Conservation Biology). Each module includes a synthesis document that brings together key background information and references for a topic, an easily modified visual presentation with notes and discussion questions, and a practical exercise for laboratory or field use, with accompanying solutions. These modules were designed for the Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP) which is part of the American Museum of Natural History.

    Support to the World Bank / GEF Africa region

    Technical support to the Task Team Leader in the preparation of the Project Appraisal Documents (PAD) for the Namibia Coast Biodiversity Conservation and Management (NACOMA) Project. The work included the review of the preparation documents, the project description (in particular the review of the objectives and input regarding key indicators, and component design), and the results framework and monitoring.
    Technical support to the Task Team Leader in the preparation of the Project Appraisal Documents (PAD) for the Benin Community-Based Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Management Project (CBCBM)

    Support to IW:Learn

    Member of the team for the development of two pilot activities for distance Learning and Knowledge Sharing (IW:Learn):

    • The Red Sea CD Rom: development of a distance learning CDROM for Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) with a specific focus on the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Region.
    • The Distance Learning and Information Sharing Tool (DLIST): development of the Distance Learning and Information Sharing Tool (DLIST), an information sharing process focusing on the transboundary coastal zone of the Northern Cape of South Africa and Namibia. DLIST aims to assist coastal planners, managers, and resource users in implementing effective integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) solutions.

    Selected reports and publications