Engaging policy makers to address fisheries and coastal issues
Environmental scientists and researchers have been increasingly encouraged to communicate their research findings to a variety of audiences, including policy-makers, civil society groups and the general public. It is important that researchers develop activities for public engagement, as well as influence policy and on a range of social and economic issues. To this end, the Centre focuses on engaging policy makers by sharing research results and improve dialogue on policy issues between government, donors, research community and civil society. The activity also comes with environmental communication and media focus. CCM supports the public understand scientific findings to motivate new awareness and behavior. The programme also organizes training workshops for media practitioners to accurately report on compelling fisheries and coastal environmental management issues targeting appropriate audiences. These programmes are financed by the USAID/Sustainable Fisheries Management Project.