SMEA faculty member Dr. Patrick Christie participated, as one of two social scientists, in a diverse working group organized by the Palaua International Coral Reef Center and Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions. His role was to provide guidance, drawing from his extensive work in other contexts, on the human dimensions of marine protected area (MPA) planning, program monitoring and evaluation, and public engagement—all elements that determine the success of any MPA.
As a result of this working group’s collaboration, Palau will now be home to one of the largest MPAs in the world. Balancing the benefits of marine conservation with Palauan food security and economic development goals was a primary consideration in this work.
Read the full working group report here.
Learn more about Dr. Patrick Christie and his work.