Marine and Coastal Science Research and Comprehensive Monitoring Programme
To conduct an on going quantitative and qualitative assessment of habitat and biodiversity loss, marine environment pollution, coastal areas degradation in the RSGA marine environment and coastal areas; verification of critically threatened areas; transboundary diagnostic analysis; adaptive management and design and establishment of monitoring methodology/programme.
PERSGA executed its initial activities (1999-2005) through a diverse set of training events and workshops. Surveys were carried out to assess the regional status of coral reefs, mangroves, marine turtles and breeding seabirds; Standard Survey Methods for key habitats and species were prepared and regional action plans were developed. The availability of such a foundation of information forms the basis for further monitoring and assessment of ecosystems to ensure that adverse trends are detected in sufficient time to implement remedial actions, and to objectively test the effectiveness of existing environmental management practices. PERSGA aims to repeat Trans-boundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) every five years to monitor the changes in the environment, and to produce a State of the Marine Environment Report (SOMER) each three years. PERSGA will make such reports and analyses online and accessible to the public.