The Global Socioeconomic Monitoring Initiative for Coastal Management

Welcome to SocMon

SocMon is an initiative aimed at helping coastal managers better understand and incorporate the socioeconomic context into coastal management programs. This initiative is being implemented at the global and regional levels.

View reports, guidelines, and newsletters in the SocMon Resource Library

SocMon History

Since 2003, socioeconomic monitoring in the world’s coral reef areas through the Global Socioeconomic Monitoring Initiative has increased exponentially. A number of chronological events precipitated this increase.

2000

Publication of the GCRMN Socioeconomic Manual for Coral Reef Management (Bunce, Townsley, Pomeroy, Pollnac 2000)

2002

Formation of the Global Socioeconomic Monitoring Initiative for Coastal Management (SocMon), which serves as the socioeconomic monitoring arm of the GCRMN

2003

Publication of SocMon Regional Guidelines for the Caribbean and Southeast Asia (Bunce and Pomeroy 2003), initiation of NOAA International Coral Grants for Socioeconomic Monitoring

2004

Translation of the Caribbean Guidelines into Spanish, translation of the Southeast Asia Guidelines into Tagalog and Vietnamese

2006

Publication of the Western Indian Ocean SocMon Guidelines, translation into French, Kiswahili, and Portuguese

2008

Publication of SEM-Pasifika (SocMon Pacific) Guidelines and SocMon South Asia Guidelines, the publication of the first SocMon Global Report, summarizing the information collected through SocMon to date.

SocMon Monitoring Sites

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Réserve Naturelle

Caribbean : Saint Martin
Year completed: 2020

Subset of the NDNP boundaries

Caribbean : Antigua and Barbuda
Year completed: 2020

Minicoy Island

South Asia : India
Year completed: 2020

Arno Atoll

Pacific Islands : Marshall Islands
Year completed: 2020

Mili Atoll

Pacific Islands : Marshall Islands
Year completed: 2020

Likiep Atoll

Pacific Islands : Marshall Islands
Year completed: 2020

Aur Atoll

Pacific Islands : Marshall Islands
Year completed: 2020

ESEC Guaraqueçaba/APA Guaraqueçaba/PARNA Superagui

South America : Brazil
Year completed: 2020

Koror

Pacific Islands : Palau
Year completed: 2019

Angaur

Pacific Islands : Palau
Year completed: 2019


Regional Coordinators

Global

Mary Allen

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Coral Reef Conservation Program, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

Brazil

Rodrigo Pereira Medeiros

Centro de Estudos do Mar, Universidade Federal do Paraná [Centre for Marine Studies, Federal University of Paraná]

Caribbean

Maria Pena

University of the West Indies
Cave Hill, Barbados

Central America

Arie Sanders

University of Zamorano
Zamorono, Honduras

Pacific Islands

Supin Wongbusarakum

Food and Agriculture Organization, University of Hawai’i

 

South Asia

Vineeta Hoon

Centre for Action Research on Environment Science and Society (CARESS),
Chennai, India

Southeast Asia

Michael Pido

Palawan State University
Puerto Princesa, Philippines

Western Indian Ocean

TBD

Info to come from Mary