Coral Cay Conservation (CCC) is a UK-based NGO, established in 1986, that focuses on the protection, management and restoration of coral reefs and their associated systems, whilst advocating their sustainable use. Working directly with local stakeholders and governments, CCC promotes community-based management and facilitates in the generation of alternative livelihoods to improve quality of live. Through a citizen-science framework, CCC can be effective in focus areas by practicing a three-tiered; scientific data collection, capacity building and education and outreach. Undertaking this approach, CCC abide by the following mission statement: “Providing resources to help sustain livelihoods and alleviate poverty through the protection, restoration and management of coral reefs and tropical forests”.
To date, CCC have operated in an array of countries from the Caribbean to the Indo-Pacific with the most recent completed projects undertaken in Montserrat (Caribbean) and Cambodia. CCC are currently active within the Philippines undertaking the Southern Leyte Coral Reef Conservation Project (LRCP) with the project now entering its 17th year. The LRCP actively provides scientific resources and training to local stakeholders for the establishment of small-scale Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
IYOR Activities Plan
CCC is actively establishing bi-lateral collaborations with NGO’s and organisations to promote IYOR2018 through various outreach events in the Philippines. A key event planned is for a large-scale beach clean and community event, supported by 4Ocean (https://4ocean.com/). Previous events with 4Ocean, namely World Oceans Day 2017, resulted in the removal of over 1.1Mt of ocean waste. CCC will also aim to host various beach cleans and community events throughout the year, continuing to promote IYOR2018. CCC will utilise governmental collaborations to integrate the ethos of IYOR into the civil society and throughout Southern Leyte, where ocean trash is a critical issue.
CCC is also actively pushing for articles to be published that highlight IYOR2018 – introducing it to a wider audience. This is also supplemented by CCC’s influence on social media and mailing lists.