MARISCO guidebook

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Acknowledgements to the guidebook 

The MARISCO method is the result of several years of collaborative work involving many individuals as well as a number of institutions. The product of our efforts is based on existing models and tool-kits already used in conservation planning, including Conservation Action Planning, and the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation with its software MiradiTM. We wish to thank all the inspiring people who introduced adaptive management to conservation, and therefore, built the fundaments of our work. Special thanks go to Nick Salafsky (Foundations of Success), Jora Young and Dan Salzer (The Nature Conservancy); and in particular, Ilke Tilders (Foundations of Success).

Without the intensive cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH who provided the opportunities for MARISCO pilot application through projects implemented on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as well as the International Climate Initiative (ICI)1 of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) in China, Ecuador, Peru and Costa Rica we would not have been able to practice and perfect MARISCO. Specifically, we wish to thank the ‘Jiangxi’ project in China; ‘BIOMARCC’ (Marine and Coastal Biodiversity in Costa Rica - Adaptation to Climate Change) in Costa Rica; and the ‘El Sira’ project (Integrated Climate Change Management in Communal Reserves in the Amazon Rainforest) in Peru for all the work they put into making many MARISCO workshops happen. Equally we acknowledge the cooperation with the GIZ project ‘GESOREN’ (Sustainable management of natural resources) as well as with KfW and GOPA in Ecuador.

The continued support from the Sectoral Project ‘Implementing the Biodiversity Convention’ implemented by GIZ on behalf of BMZ has been an important driver of the MARISCO development. Very special thanks go to Isabel Renner (GIZ).

We thank both OroVerde, Bonn, as well as the Defensores de la Naturaleza, Guatemala, for inviting us to collaborate with them on the EU and ICI-funded pre-REDD project for the Sierra del Lacandón National Park, a valuable testing site for MARISCO development. In particular we thank Elke Mannigel for the great cooperation. We equally acknowledge the opportunities for further development and testing of the method in the context of the INKA BB project component dedicated to the adaptation of administrative nature conservation to climate change (funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research, BMBF).

Pierre Ibisch acknowledges the research professorship ‘Biodiversity and natural resource management under global change’ awarded by Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, which allowed the opportunity to dedicate research time and effort towards the project.

We thank Christoph Nowicki and Stefan Kreft, both of whom contributed to the pioneering of the method. We are also grateful for the very useful discussions and suggestions contributed by Axel Schick and Steffen Reichle, as well as by all the workshop participants and Eberswalde students. We thank the following coaches who helped us apply and develop MARISCO in various projects: Daniela Aschenbrenner, Felix Cybulla, Laura Geiger, and Lena Strixner. We very much benefited from the research carried out by students using MARISCO in case studies (e.g., Bachelor theses by Elena Baumanns, Teresa Reubel; Master theses by Daniela Aschenbrenner, Nicolas Boenisch, Felix Cybulla, Laura Geiger, Franziska Tucci). We thank Jelena Leontjeva for a critical revision of the manuscript and valuable corrections.


Pierre Ibisch & Peter Hobson