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.

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. 

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. 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.

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

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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. 

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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.

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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.


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