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Adhikerana, Asep Sunjaya et al. Revitalizing Local Economy Through Village Tourism: Case Study of Dusun Gojang Utara, Selayar Islands, South Sulawesi, IndonesiaJournal of Business on Hospitality and Tourism, 10.22334/jbhost.v7i1.241, 2021, Vol 7 (1), pp. 127.

Cheung, Vikki et al. How the GCRF Blue Communities programme is contributing to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Environmental Scientist, Vol 30.1. 2021.

Dao, Hung N et al. Impact of Seawater Temperature on Coral Reefs in the Context of Climate Change. A Case Study of Cu Lao Cham – Hoi An Biosphere Reserve. Frontiers in Marine Science, Coral Reef Research. 2021.

Eales, Jacqualyn et al. What is the evidence documenting the effects of marine or coastal nature conservation or natural resource management activities on human well-being in South East Asia? A systematic map. Environment International. 2021. Vol 151.

Gajardo, Lea J et al. The effect of Marine Protected Areas on marine resource governance and community empowerment in the Philippines: A systematic review protocol. Published on Zenodo. 2021.

Hattam, Caroline et al. A matrix approach to tropical marine ecosystem service assessments in South east Asia. Ecosystem Services, 2021. Vol 51.

Hung N. Dao et al. Impact of Seawater Temperature on Coral Reefs in the Context of Climate Change. A Case Study of Cu Lao Cham – Hoi An Biosphere Reserve. Front. Mar. Sci., 09 August 2021,

Hung N. Dao et al. Potential of increasing intensity of tropical cyclones due to sea surface temperature and impact on coral reefs in the context of climate changeDisaster Advances, Vol. 14(9), 1-7,

Lim, Voon-Ching et al. Eliciting local knowledge of ecosystem services using participatory mapping and Photovoice: A case study of Tun Mustapha Park, Malaysia. PLOS ONE, July 9 2021, 

Madarcos, J. R. V., et al. Understanding Local Perceptions of the Drivers/Pressures on the Coastal Marine Environment in Palawan, Philippines. Front. Mar. Sci., 14 September 2021,

Praptiwi, Radisti A et al. Tourism-Based Alternative Livelihoods for Small Island Communities Transitioning towards a Blue Economy. MDPI Sustainability, 2021

Richter, Isabel et al. Looking Through the COVID-19 Window of Opportunity: Future Scenarios Arising From the COVID-19 Pandemic Across Five Case Study Sites. Front. Psychol., 07 July 2021,

Richter, Isabel et al. Virtual capacity building as a means of interactive communication in times of COVID-19 and #Flygskam. Frontiers in Communication. 2021

Sajorne, Recca E et al. Plastic litter pollution along sandy beaches in Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island, Philippines. Marine Pollution Bulletin, Volume 169. 2021.

Sumeldan, Joel D.C et al. Ask the Locals: A Community-Informed Analysis of Perceived Marine Environment Quality Over Time in Palawan, Philippines. Frontiers in Psychology, Environmental Psychology. 2021.
Azzeri, Amirah et al. A Review of Published Literature Regarding Health Issues of Coastal Communities in Sabah, Malaysia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(5):1533.

Dahlui, Maznah et al. Health status, healthcare utilisation, and quality oflife among the coastal communities in Sabah. Protocol of a population-based survey. Journal of Medicine, Vol 99, Issue 37. 2020.

Eales, Jacqualyn et al. Systematic map of research linking marine conservation in SE Asia with human health and wellbeing: A systematic map protocol. Published on Zenodo. 2020.

Flemming, L.E. et al. The Ocean(s) and Human Health chapter. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Walter Leal Filho et al. (Eds): Life Below Water, 457369_0_En, (Chapter 146-1).

Goh, Hong-Ching. Strategies for post-Covid-19 prospects of Sabah’s tourist market – Reactions to shocks caused by pandemic or reflection for sustainable tourism? Research in Globalization, Volume 3, December 2021, 100056.

Richter, Isabel et al. Co-created Future Scenarios as a Tool to Communicate Sustainable Development in Coastal Communities in Palawan, PhilippinesFront. Psychol., 22 November 2021,

Nguyen, Thao P et al. What is the influence on socio-economic well-being of UNESCO biosphere reserves in Southeast Asia? A systematic review protocol. Published on Zenodo. 2020.
Garniati, Leuserina et al. Towards sustainable marine and coastal planning for Taka Bonerate Kepulauan Selayar Biosphere Reserve: Indonesian case study to The Global Challenge Research Fund Blue Communities ProjectIOP Conf. Ser.: Earth Environ. Sci. 298 012008. 2019.

Praptiwi, Radisti A et al. Bird diversity in transition zone of Taka Bonerate, Kepulauan Selayar Biosphere Reserve, Indonesia. Bioversitas. V20, No 3, p.820-824 mar 2019.
Boey, Sharlene S. et al. Initializing multi-stakeholder engagement in the context of Marine Protected Area management and capacity-building programmes: A Tun Mustapha Park case study. Journal of Research Management & Governance, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 31-37, dec. 2018.

Other outputs

Policy Briefs

Systematic evidence map on the interactions between marine conservation management and the health and well-being of coastal communities in Southeast Asia. 


5 Key insights for successful governance of large marine biosphere reserves and parks in Southeast Asia

Download here (PDF, 3MB)

Front cover of the policy brief


Renewable Energy Resource Assessment in Kabupaten Kepulauan, Selayar (English)


Marine Renewable Energy Potentials in Taka Bonerate Kepulauan Selayar (Indonesian)



Introduction to Blue Communities Malaysia

A short video introducing the work of the Blue Communities team in Malaysia. English voice over with Malaysian subtitles.

View on YouTube. 

The Sea, Ecosystem Services and Well-Being


2 short films with Part 1 telling the story of the interaction between a family living in Tambolongan Island, Indonesia, and the coastal and marine environment over the weekend, and Part 2 showing husband and wife living in the coastal community of Polassi Island, Indonesia, over a typical weekday.

Part 1: Weekend in Tambolongan, Indonesia.
Part 2: Weekday in Polassi Island, Indonesia.

Make a change today - A GCRF Blue Communities song

The GCRF Blue Communities team from the Western Philippines University (WPU) worked with students from Central Taytay National High School (Palawan, Phillipines) to create and produce this wonderful song about protecting our natural environment for future generations. 

View on YouTube

Media articles

Keeping our heritage via voices of youths

Article published in Daily Express of East Malaysia in 2020 about the Coastal Community Festival organised by Universiti Malaya which enabled community engagement with school students. The initiative was supported by Blue Communities.


Interactive Systematic Map

Evidence synthesis map showing how marine conservation activities in SE Asia affect the health and well-being of local people.

Read more about the map 



Blue Communities mural

Young artists in front of their Blue Communities mural
Above: Young artists and the Western Philippines University proudly present the Blue Communities mural, following a series of workshops on Future Scenarios. For more information please visit the blog post Thinking about futures.

Booklet for Taka Bonerate Kepulauan Selayar (Indonesian)


Leaflet for Taka Bonerate Kepulauan Selayar (Indonesian)


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