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CTKN bags 2013 International Award in Barbados

CTKN bags 2013 International Award in Barbados

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CTKN SS 7 NovThe Coral Triangle Knowledge Network (CTKN) has won the 2013 International Waters Wonderful Outstanding Web (WOW) Award Competition in ceremonies held on 31 October in Barbados.

The website, a knowledge and social network facility supported by the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Coral Triangle Pacific RETA (Strengthening Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle of the Pacific Phase II), was created to act as an online hub of knowledge for communities of practice, researchers, professionals, students, development partners, community leaders, nongovernment organizations, civil society, academics, scientists, policy makers, and other stakeholders involved in the conservation of the Coral Triangle’s resources.

The CTKN is an online hub of knowledge about the Coral Triangle, and as more people join, this pool of knowledge is further expanded. The website features news, visual data, tools, questions and answers from experts, and videos highlighting the many initiatives on the conservation of the Coral Triangle.

At right is Robert Guild, Director of the Pacific Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), holding the award with Marilou Drilon, senior natural resource economist of ADB’s Pacific Department and head of the coordination unit for the Coral Triangle Pacific project.

At right is Robert Guild, Director of the Pacific Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), holding the award with Marilou Drilon, senior natural resource economist of ADB’s Pacific Department and head of the coordination unit for the Coral Triangle Pacific project.

The site, developed and updated by ADB, was officially launched October 2013. During the first month, more than 300 people have become members of the site’s “Knowledge Network” social discussion about marine protected areas, coastal and marine resources management, climate change, coral reefs, and more. The CTKN is also interactive, with questions about marine conservation being sent via video by readers, and experts from CTKN answer their questions also via video. The site is also responsive, meaning the tiles and navigation rearrange themselves accordingly depending on the display from which it is being viewed—whether from a computer monitor, a tablet, or a phone.

It is hoped that, through interaction using CTKN as a hub, more conversations on conservation of the Coral Triangle ecoregion would be generated.

The awards were organized by the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network (IW:LEARN), and this year’s winner was announced at the 7th Global Environment Facility Biennial International Waters Conference (IWC7) in Bridgetown, Barbados.

A panel of judges consisting of five experts assessed the website candidates based on 1) Content (pages are clear and readable, good quality of writing, main navigation is clearly visible on every page, clean and consistent design theme, provides data visualization); 2) Technical Component (pages download in reasonable time, compatible with multiple browsers, syndication is in place, no broken links, has site-specific search engine); 3) Timeliness (contains regularly updated calendar of events, regular release of news, up-to-date contact details); and 4) Additional Components (provides multimedia materials, access to the project’s social networking sites, offers sections for increased interaction, multilingual content).

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