SNAPP TEAM:Improving Coastal Health
What wastewater pollution guidelines and sanitation planning strategies will enable sanitation and conservation practitioners to work together to improve both human and marine ecosystem health?

Pollution from unsafely managed sanitation is a serious and often overlooked global problem. Solutions are desperately needed to reduce negative impacts on local and national economies, public health, fisheries, and coastal resilience, all of which will be exacerbated by the impacts of climate change. 


OUR APPROACH: This team of experts from the sanitation and conservation sectors will synthesize existing processes, data, and experiences, with a focus on coral reef areas. By reevaluating effluent guideline values and creating intervention guides, we will equip practitioners with the tools to develop interdisciplinary, comprehensive strategies for improving sanitation management and enabling long-lasting conservation action.

Team Status: ONGOING
Team Critical Challenge: Ocean Sustainability
  • Identify knowledge needs among marine conservation and sanitation practitioners to improve collaboration on sanitation management challenges
  • Develop evidence-based wastewater pollution guideline values for coral reef ecosystems to help managers set pollution targets that are complementary to existing health targets
  • Design sanitation planning process guides to help conservation and sanitation practitioners work together on sanitation management interventions that meet public and ecosystem health goals
Key Products
Managing Watersheds for Coral Reefs and Public Health: A Vibrant Oceans Initiative Whitepaper

This paper presents innovative solutions that incentivize the large-scale, sustained action required to both improve water quality in watersheds and prevent water quality impacts on coral reef ecosystems. The solutions use holistic approaches to integrated watershed management that bridge social and ecological systems and provide important co-benefits to human well-being.

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Kim Falinski
The Nature Conservancy
Jos Hill
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Aaron Jenkins
University of Sydney / Edith Cowan University
Jacqueline Thomas
University of Sydney / Ifakara Health Institute
Amelia Wenger
WCS / University of Queensland
Dominic Andradi-Brown
Michelle Devlin
Centre for Environment, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Science
Janet Edmonds
Conservation International
Nicole Auil Gomez
Wildlife Conservation Society Belize
Katie Heffner
Kate Holmes
WCS Indonesia
Evelyn Gomez Juarez
University of Queensland
Thammarat Koottatep
Asian Institute of Technology
Caitie Kuempel
Griffith University
Joleah Lamb
University of California, Irvine
Manuel Mejia
Coral Reef Alliance
Jean Mensa
Wildlife Conservation Society Tanzania
Jenny Myton
Coral Reef Alliance
Mosese Nairiva
Water Authority Fiji
Eileen Nalley
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Shadrack Omwenga
Tanvi Oza
Sudhir Pillay
South African Water Research Commission
Ratih Rimayanti
WCS Indonesia
Erin Symonds
Water for Good
Kelly Trott
Imagine H2O
Lillian Tuttle
University of Hawai'i
Konstantina Velkushanova
UN-IHE Delft Institute for Water Education
Stacy Jupiter
Wildlife Conservation Society
Chris Corbin
United Nations Environment Programme
Helen Fox
Coral Reef Alliance
Carl Hensman
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Cheri Recchia
Summit Foundation
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