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GEF Lessons Learned
Knowledgebase for Lessons Learned and Good Practices in the Management of Coral Reefs


The project seeks to formalize the experiences, lessons learned from previous GEF projects, as well as major non-GEF initiatives, involving coral reefs and associated ecosystems. The project aims to identify, analyze, and translate lessons into good practices and information resources, and then disseminate this information globally for use in future project design and development.

This project will help the GEF fulfill a major mandate to identify what has worked and what could be improved upon in supporting biodiversity conservation. In combination with other GEF projects, this effort will also help the GEF and other major non-GEF projects achieve improved return on investment for future projects involving coral reefs and associated ecosystems.


The specific objectives are:
  • To review completed GEF coral reef related projects and selected major non-GEF projects and summarize their principal outcomes, successes, failures and lost opportunities.
  • To carry out a critical analysis of the projects in order to derive lessons learned, key factors for success, root causes of failures and identify ways to capture lost opportunities.
  • To develop good practice guidelines, toolkits and information resources for use by other projects in developing and implementing their activities.
  • To widely disseminate the above findings in print and electronic form, and through targeted learning workshops, exchanges, training programs and the establishment of a coral reefs learning and exchange peer network.
  • To compile a knowledgebase of coral reef related projects which provide easy access to the above outputs, as well as primary resource material such as reports, presentations, contacts and images.
In addition, the work will compile an extremely valuable repository of knowledge and information in one place that can be browsed and searched for specific topics and/or specific locations. Unlike publications, an online repository can undergo frequent updating to reflect the current knowledge and take into account recent experiences and lessons learned.

Project Outputs
  • A comprehensive database containing lessons learned (grouped by key management themes), Manager’s toolkits, metadata, project summary, commentaries by leading coral reef managers, relevant publications and etc.
  • Establish detailed requirements, and specifications for Reef Manager’s toolkit and project sites through a synthesis and implementation workshop.
  • A knowledgebase website for GEF Lessons Learned and good practices in the coral reef management.
  • An interactive DVD-ROM on knowledgebase for lessons learned and good practices in the management of coral reefs for distribution among network partners, containing Reef Manager’s guide and toolkit, GEF Lessons Learned database and relevant documents.
  • A web blog for information exchange and sharing.
  • Create an interactive map showing sites location in ReefGIS, ReefBase's online Geographic Information System, with direct links to the online GEF Lessons Learned database.

We wish to thank the following agencies and individuals for their valuable input and effort, without which this project would not have been possible: The ReefBase Team (Moi Khim Tan, Stanley Tan, Lay Hoon Teh, Dave Walfoort, Shwu Jiau Teoh, Shabeen Mohd Ikbal), Tim McClanahan, Dr. Nyawira Muthiga, Dr. Richard Kenchington, Dr. Stuart Campbell, Dr. Robin Mahon, David Gill, Danielle Burnham, Kristin McLaughlin, Dr. Dann Sklarew, Kristian Teleki, Dr. Leah Bunce Karrer, Dr. Marea Hatziolos, Kate Newman, Colleen Corrigan, Andrew Bovarnick, Andy Hooten, GEF Secretariat, GEF Monitoring and Evaluation Office, Nicola Barnard, Dr. Sapta Putra Ginting, Dr. Thamasak Yeemin, Niphat Somkleeb, Dr. Robert Richmond, Dr. Alisdair Edwards, Dr. Laurie Raymundo, Dr. Andre Uychiaoco, Elizabeth McLeod, Dr. Andrew Smith, Dr. Rod Salm, Dr. Stephen Jameson, Kathy MacKinnon, Dr. Melanie McField, Dr. Mike Pido, Mike Guilbeaux, Dr. Peter Sale.
Terminal Report

Terminal Report Download (209 KB)
Annex 1Final Narrative Report Download (851 KB)
Annex 2Lessons Learned and Good Practices in the Management of Coral Reefs Download (286 KB)
Annex 3Manager's Checklists of Good Practice in Coral Reef Management Download (7.18 MB)
Annex 4Lessons Learned and Best Practices in the Management of Coral Reef MPAs Download 1.16 MB)
Annex 5Inventory of Project Outputs Download (42 KB)
Annex 6Final Report of ICRAN Coordinating Unit Download (0.97 MB)
Annex 7UNEP Collaboration with WorldFish Center through the ICRAN-EU South Asia Project Download (3.67 MB)
Annex 8Managing Marine and Coastal Protected Areas: A Toolkit for South Asia Download (2.48 MB)
Annex 9aSummary Report for the Knowledgebase for Lessons Learned Best Practices in Coral Reef Management Download (431 KB)
Annex 9bParticipant List of Mini Workshop at the Solutions Centre University of the West Indies, Barbados Download (68 KB)
Annex 9cGEF Lessons Learned Project Presentation Download (7.45 MB)
Annex 9dReport of GEFLL Session at Tobago ICRAN Workshop Download (110 KB)
Annex 10NOAA MPA project summary report Download (345 KB)
Annex 11MoA for DOST project Download (589 KB)
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