Overview

Africa

Status:

 

Active

Leading group:

 

Conservation International, Africa Field Division

Contact:

 

Dr. Peter Alele (palele@conservation.org)

Description:

 

Indian Ocean Commission award “Assessing the multisectorial context for biodiversity conservation in and sharing lessons among Tanzania and Kenya using the Ocean Health Index organizing framework and decision-making tool”.

Status:

 

Active

Leading group:

 

Conservation International, Africa Field Division

Contact:

 

Alice Ruhweza (aruhweza@conservation.org)

Description:

 

Indian Ocean Commission award “Assessing the multisectorial context for biodiversity conservation in and sharing lessons among Tanzania and Kenya using the Ocean Health Index organizing framework and decision-making tool”.

Arctic

Status:

 

Completed (2018)

Leading group:

 

Imperial College London

Contact:

 

Michael Burgass (m.burgass14@imperial.ac.uk)

Description:

 

Academic assessment conducted as part of a PhD dissertation.

Asia

Status:

 

Active (2015)

Leading group:

 

China State Oceanic Administration

Contact:

 

Zhiguo Liu (liuzhiguo150@163.com), Wen Quan (qwen@nmemc.gov.cn)

Description:

 

National assessment of China’s 11 coastal provinces using locally developed models, reference points, and data.

Status:

 

Completed (2016)

Leading group:

 

Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory for Coastal Ecology and Environmental Studies, Coastal and Ocean Management Institute, Xiamen University

Contact:

 

Deqiang Ma (dqma@xmu.edu.cn), Qinhua Fang (qhfang@xmu.edu.cn), Shuhao Liao (362453823@qq.com)

Description:

 

Applying the Ocean Health Index framework to the city level: A case study of Xiamen, China

Status:

 

Completed (2021)

Leading group:

 

School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences, Nanjing University

Contact:

 

Zhen Wu (zhenwu@smail.nju.edu.cn)

Description:

 

Application of the Ocean Health Index to assess ecosystem health for the coastal areas of Shanghai, China

Status:

 

Completed (2018)

Leading group:

 

Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Conservation International

Contact:

 

Iwan Dewantama (idewantama@conservation.org)

Description:

 

Pilot assessment for the provincial island of Bali to fine tune the OHI framework to the Indonesian context and build local capacity.

Status:

 

Completed (2015)

Leading group:

 

Hamaraag — Israel’s National Nature Assessment Program

Contact:

 

Yossi Mossel (yossimosse@hamaarag.org.il)

Description:

 

First indepently-led assessment, evaluated 6 regions of Israel’s Mediterranean coast.

Status:

 

Active (2015)

Leading group:

 

Korean Maritime Institute (KMI)

Contact:

 

Jungho Nam (jhnam007@gmail.com)

Description:

 

Nationwide project to assess the health of oceans in South Korea. Efforts will focus on running management scenarios to test implications of proposed projects.

Europe

Status:

 

Completed (2021)

Leading group:

 

Stockholm Resilience Centre

Contact:

 

Thorsten Bleckner (thorsten.blenckner@su.se)

Description:

 

Transboundary assessment of the Baltic Sea at jurisdiction and basin scales. Nine goals are being assessed.

Status:

 

Active

Leading group:

 

Norwegian Institute for Nature Research

Contact:

 

Dr. Per Fauchald (Per.Fauchald@nina.no)

Description:

 

Study exploring human-ecological interactions in 81 municipalities in northern Norway.

Status:

 

Active

Leading group:

 

Azti Tecnalia

Contact:

 

Angel Borja (aborja@azti.es)

Description:

 

This group will compare OHI process and scores with findings of other existing methodologies for assessing ocean health.

Status:

 

Completed (2015)

Leading group:

 

Spanish Oceanography Institute

Contact:

 

Marcos Llope (marcos.llope@cd.ieo.es)

Description:

 

This assessment will evaluate the Gulf of Cadiz and compare its health through time.

Status:

 

Completed (2016)

Leading group:

 

Campus do Mar

Contact:

 

Sebastian Villasante (s.villasante.arg@gmail.com)

Description:

 

This assessment will evaluate the coast of Galicia and compare its health through time.

Status:

 

Completed (2021)

Leading group:

 

University of Exeter

Contact:

 

Dr. Matt Witt (M.J.Witt@exeter.ac.uk)

Description:

 

In English waters Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) is currently being implemented by the UK Marine Management Organisation (MMO) through a set of regional Marine Plans. The South West Marine Plan (SWMP) offers a regional approach for MSP in busy maritime areas such as the Western Approaches, English Channel and Celtic Sea.

North America

Status:

 

Completed (2017)

Leading group:

 

Healthy Oceans Network (CHONe)

Contact:

 

Remi Daigle (daigleremi @ gmail.com)

Description:

 

A pilot study to better represent Canada at the national level by incorporating public goals and goal weightings that are more relevant to Canadians.

Status:

 

Completed (2017)

Leading group:

 

Institut des Sciences de la Mer de Rimouski, Université du Québec à Rimouski

Contact:

 

Remi Daigle (daigleremi @ gmail.com)

Description:

 

An OHI+ assessment for Atlantic Canada’s marine biogeographic regions with a focus on the Saint Lawrence gulf/estuary.

Status:

 

Completed (2020)

Leading group:

 

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at UC Santa Barbara

Contact:

 

Dr. Ben Halpern (halpern @ bren.ucsb.edu)

Description:

 

Working with local partners, this assessment will incorporate locally meaningful information, priorities, and perspectives to track change in the health of B.C.’s ocean during the past ten years and to describe how management may have contributed to these patterns.

Status:

 

Active

Leading group:

 

Mexico’s Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT)

Contact:

 

Salomon Diaz (salomon.diaz @ semarnat.gob.mx)

Description:

 

Working with local partners, this assessment will incorporate locally meaningful information, priorities, and perspectives to track change in the health of B.C.’s ocean during the past ten years and to describe how management may have contributed to these patterns.

Status:

 

Complteted (2021)

Leading group:

 

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at UC Santa Barbara

Contact:

 

Dr. Ben Halpern (halpern @ nceas.ucsb.edu)

Description:

 

The OHI is being used as a tool for monitoring and evaluation in the US Northeast Ocean Plan, finalized by the National Ocean Council on December 7, 2016. Working with local partners, we will adapt the Index to capture priorities for ocean health in the Northeast. Our approach will incorporate locally meaningful information and perspectives in order to track change in the health of the ocean. The OHI will also be applied over the past ten years to examine changes in regional ocean health to better understand how management may have contributed to these patterns.

Status:

 

Completed (2014)

Leading group:

 

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at UC Santa Barbara and Conservation International

Contact:

 

Dr. Julia Stewart Lowndes (lowndes @ nceas.ucsb.edu)

Description:

 

Test of the OHI framework for five coastal sub-regions, using ~80% local data and modified goal models.

Oceania

Status:

 

Completed (2015)

Leading group:

 

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at UC Santa Barbara and Conservation International

Contact:

 

Erich J Pacheco (epacheco@conservation.org)

Description:

 

Test of the OHI framework at the national scale, using available local data for five goals.

Status:

 

Active

Leading group:

 

Conservation International, Department of Marine Affairs

Contact:

 

Mael Imirizaldu (mimirizaldu@conservation.org)

Description:

 

Following the Proof of Concept assessment completed in 2016, the project focuses on establishing a baseline for the management of the Coral Sea Park to allow for ongoing monitoring, assessing, and adaptive management.

Status:

 

Completed (2020)

Leading group:

 

The Nature Conservancy’s Palmyra 4site team and NCEAS

Contact:

 

Sara Orofino (saraorofino@ucsb.edu), Gage Clawson (clawson@nceas.ucsb.edu)

Description:

 

To assess the performance of 7 goals on Palmyra, a mostly uninhabited island in the Line Islands Archipelago halfway between Hawaii and American Samoa that is a National Wildlife Refuge administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and was purchased by The Nature Conservancy in 2000.

Status:

 

Completed (2015)

Leading group:

 

Conservation International, Division of Environmental Conservation

Contact:

 

-

Description:

 

National level assessment to measure progress towards ocean health and sustainable economic growth.

Status:

 

Completed (2020)

Leading group:

 

Tetiaroa Society’s Tetiaroa 4site team and NCEAS

Contact:

 

Madeline Berger (berger@nceas.ucsb.edu), Gage Clawson (clawson@nceas.ucsb.edu)

Description:

 

To assess the performance of 5 goals on Tetiaroa, a mostly uninhabited collection of islets in the Windward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia where management, conservation, and protection of the entire island are carried out by the Tetiaroa Society, a US-based non-profit organization.

Status:

 

Completed (2018)

Leading group:

 

Conservation International and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Contact:

 

Dr. Eva Schemmel (eschemmel@conservation.org)

Description:

 

The Hawaii Ocean Health Index is integrating economic, social, and ecological information to track the sustainable use of our ocean resources. This assessment will increase awareness on the activities that are being done across the state that support the sustainable use of our ocean resources and identify remaining knowledge gaps and priorities. With this information we we will catalyze stakeholder involvement across sectors and facilitate collaborations to ensure the health of our ocean now and into the future.

South America

Status:

 

Completed (2014)

Leading group:

 

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at UC Santa Barbara and Conservation International

Contact:

 

Erich J Pacheco (epacheco @ conservation.org)

Description:

 

Test of the OHI framework for Brazil’s 17 coastal states, using ~50% local data and modified models for five goals.

Status:

 

Active

Leading group:

 

University of California, Santa Barbara

Contact:

 

Patricia Cecilia Faundez Baez (patriciafaundezbaez @ gmail.com)

Description:

 

Academic assessment conducted as part of a PhD dissertation.

Status:

 

Active

Leading group:

 

Colombian Commission for the Oceans

Contact:

 

Ivan Murillo (datos @ cco.gov.co)

Description:

 

National assessment of Colombia’s Pacific, Atlantic, and Caribbean Islands regions developed with 113 national indicators and through a multi-agency working group.

Status:

 

Completed (2015)

Leading group:

 

Ecuador’s Technical Sea Secretariat (SETEMAR)

Contact:

 

Santiago Torres Báez (storres@secretariamar.gob.ec)

Description:

 

Completed assessment of the Gulf of Guayaquil (Provinces of El Oro, Guayas, Santa Elena) using 96 local indicators, 4 context specific models, and 5 locally relevant reference points..

Status:

 

Active

Leading group:

 

Peru’s Ministry of Environment

Contact:

 

Nina Prado

Description:

 

Pilot study in Ica province.