Posted by: Hendra Siry | 28 January, 2010

International Coral Reef Initiative Committee on Coral Reef Enforcement & Investigation

CSI for Coral Reefs: Investigative & Enforcement Forensics Field Training Workshop Coral Triangle Region

A Six-Day Field Workshop for Coral Reef or MPA Managers, Enforcement Officers, Field Biologists & Interested Parties
Pemuteran Island of Bali, Indonesia: March 7 –12, 2010

Why Coral Reef CSI?

Most coral reef ecosystems around the world are under various levels of impact from vessel groundings, illegal and destructive fishing, pollution and runoff, trade in endangered species, and introduction of alien species. In many cases such activities are illegal, and perpetrators are liable to prosecution, penalties and restoration/mitigation costs. However, only rarely are trained field investigators and well- developed natural resource programs available to properly assess and handle the wide variety of anthropogenic events occurring. Coral Reef CSI can help resource managers, enforcement officials and the judiciary to maximize prosecution, mitigation, negotiation, mediation, or litigation success. It also helps build compliance with legislation and aids enforcement of MPA regulations.

The Workshop

A unique six-day field-based training workshop designed for coral reef and MPA resource managers, environmental assessment specialists, marine field investigators and scientists and litigators on conducting coral reef enforcement and natural resource investigations on a wide variety of anthropogenic events.

Workshop Outline

The workshop will involve lectures and demonstrations related to the relatively new field of coral reef forensic investigations, along with hands-on field injury and crime scene investigations guided by international professionals in marine ecotoxicology, coral reef ecology, and marine natural resource investigation.

Time and Venue

The workshop will be organized in Pemuteran, on the island of Bali, Indonesia, beginning early on the afternoon of March 7 and finishing in the afternoon of March 12, 2010. Because of travel to/from the workshop site, participants should plan to arrive in Denpasar on the afternoon of March 6 and depart from Denpasar early evening of March 12 or early morning March 13, 2010.

Major Topics

• Introduction to Crime Scene Investigations (CSI) on Coral Reefs
• Setting an Event Perimeter and Securing the Scene
• Coral Reef Investigation Field Kits
• Conducting Rapid Ecological Assessments to Support Investigations
• Sampling for Coral Reef Laboratory Forensics
• Collecting Physical Evidence Underwater & Documenting Damage
• Chain-of-Custody Issues

Workshop Description The six-day training workshop will be organized as outlined below:

1. Background talks on investigative strategies, field risk management, ecological risk assessment, coral reef forensic techniques, treating data as evidence, incorporating local reef ecological issues and impacts into an investigation.
2. Practice field investigation sessions with staff evaluation.
3. Instruction on using various components of a coral reef investigative toolkit. A key feature of the workshop will be a number of marine “crime/injury scenes” that the participants will investigate using the techniques learned during the workshop. The scenarios will be as realistic as possible and will involve actual field investigations and analysis by teams of workshop participants.

Instructional and reference materials will be provided. The workshop also includes use of underwater investigative equipment, dive gear and boats, as well as some meals and lodging. Participants are requested to bring personal diving equipment if available, cover their travel to Bali island (by air or ferry) and incidental costs.

Participant Qualifications

The workshop is field-intensive and requires enthusiasm and willingness to work long days. Participants must be experienced, certified divers, used to working under water e.g. in reef monitoring or research. Participants are required to have a valid diving certificate from a recognized certifying agency, as well as insurance that covers travel and diving related incidents.

How do I apply?

Applications are open to natural resource trustee (NRT) agencies and NGOs, and professionals who have a history in the Coral triangle region of assisting NRTs in marine injury investigations and who meet the requirements. To apply (using the attached application form), or for further information about the training workshop, please contact: Naneng Setiasih (nsetiasih@reefcheck.or.id), Coral Reef CSI Coral Triangle Regional

Coordinator

Terri Young (tyoung@icran.org), ICRAN Workshop Organizer
Dave Gulko (gulkod001@hawaii.rr.com), Lead Instructor


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