IPO collaborates with the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program to support two major international coral grant initiatives. IPO manages the NOAA International Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program, which supports the development of coral conservation and management strategies and their application in the field. Funding priorities include supporting the effective management of marine protected areas and coastal watersheds, promoting socio-economic monitoring for coral management, encouraging regional approaches to further marine reserve networks. Between FY 2002-06, this program awarded $2,053,000 to projects that leveraged an additional $2,162,000 in matching funds to a range of activities that address global threats to coral. To date the program has supported 56 projects in 25 countries, primarily in Southeast Asia, Mesoamerica and the Caribbean.
IPO also supports the review and selection process for international proposals to the Coral Reef Conservation Fund, a partnership between NOAA and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). NOAA-NFWF grants emphasize solutions to localized threats to coral reefs and associated habitats. Funding priorities include reducing threats from fisheries and land-based pollution, and preventing vessel impacts, and raising community awareness. Between FY 2001-06, this program provided $3,606,000 to 107 projects in 33 countries, primarily in Micronesia, Mesoamerica and the Caribbean.
This activity directly supports the NOAA Ecosystem Goal Team and the Coral Matrix Team. Additionally, this program fulfills NOAA obligations under The Presidential Executive Order and Coral Reef Conservation Act.