What we do
Founder and director
Francis Staub has been working for more than 20 years in providing services related to the conservation and sustainable use of natural – terrestrial, coastal and marine – resources including international cooperation projects development, implementation and evaluation worldwide. Further experience includes policy analysis and recommendations, project development and evaluation, capacity building and communication, education and public awareness (he was the international coordinator of the International Year of the Reef in 2008). He also has a strong interest in Marine Protected Areas and developed several of tools to evaluate their effectiveness. These experiences combined allowed him to acquire a comprehensive understanding of international negotiations while developing a strong global network with the international marine community. He has also been spending a fair amount of time working closely with on-the-ground realities faced by the – marine – protected managers and other stakeholders, hence developing a comprehensive vision of the local communities and governmental policies toward marine protection in various part of the world.
For the last 15 years, he has been involved in the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI). He acted as strategic advisor to most of the governments who have chaired ICRI (USA, France, Australia, Japan among others). He is currently ICRI’s coordinator on behalf of the governments of Monaco, Australia and Indonesia. He is also a member of the Steering committee of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN). He is also a strategic advisor for the French Coral Reef Initiative.
Francis Staub has been involved in a number of publications, all of which can be found here.
Claire Rumsey joined Blue Pangolin in the summer of 2018 as the International Year of the Reef (IYOR) 2018 coordinator for the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI). The work included the international coordination of the Year, the development of partnerships, the promotion of the Year, the development of communication tools and the overview of the social media channels. Claire produced the final report of activities for the International Year of the Reef (which can be read and downloaded here).
Claire is now a member of the ICRI Secretariat and among other tasks, manages the communication for the Initiative (the bi-monthly newsletter and ICRI social media). She was responsible for the redesigning of the ICRI website (www.icriforum.org). She was in charge of organising the 6th International Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management Symposium (ITMEMS). Most recently, she has been involved in the partnership in charge of the promotion of the ICRI recommendation on the inclusion of coral reefs and related ecosystems within the CBD Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.
She co-authored with the United Nations Environment Programme the background brief on coral reefs for the 2020 Ocean Pathways Week.
She has a master’s degree in tropical marine biology and a bachelor’s degree in marine biology. She is an International Union for Conservation of Nature Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) member (https://www.iucn.org/commissions/commission-education-and-communication).