What is ReefProject2.0?
RR2.0 is a division of Walt Smith International that creates
sustainable developed products for the marine aquarium trade
and uses a portion of the profit to invest in community
based aquaculture development projects to benefit the
environment and the rural and coastal communities throughout
the Fiji Islands.
What is ADE
(Aquaculture Development for the Environment)?
ADE is a nonprofit organization registered by Walt Smith
that is funded by a portion of the RR2.0 profits and outside
donors that enables coral reef conservation projects to be
developed. The main focus of the projects that ADE will fund
will be capacity building efforts in local community
conservation programs. ADE will also assist in developing
ways for the future of the projects to become
self-sufficient and avoid perpetual dependency on outside
What are the goals and mission of
the ADE program?
The main focus and goals of the ADE project would be to
develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes in individuals
and groups of people relevant to the design, development,
implementation and maintenance of the programs and
infrastructures proposed and facilitated by ReefProject2.0
that are locally meaningful.
The mission of the ADE program would be “to promote the
sustainable management and conservation of global marine
ecosystems, develop aquaculture and Mari culture programs
for the protection of the environment, and contribute to
rural communities through training and economic support”.
How is ADE related to
ADE will be the funding arm of RR2.0 that will facilitate
the infrastructure and daily activities of the projects that
engage local communities to be involved in the process
through community capacity-building. This approach on an
individual level requires the development of conditions that
allow individual participants to build and enhance existing
knowledge and skills. It also calls for the establishment of
conditions that will allow individuals to engage in the
process of learning and adapting to change.
ReefProject2.0 will facilitate market skills and exposure
that would contribute to supporting the project through the
worldwide aquarium market. It will also develop scientific
research programs that would provide a study platform based
on the progress of the focal community based project.
Revenues can be earned, by providing a wide base of study to
institutions and other nonprofit groups, which would help
support the future sustainability of the program and lead
the way towards self-sufficiency. By RR2.0 paving the way to
both established and conceptual markets it strengthens a
nonprofit’s ability to fulfill its mission over time, and
enhances the nonprofit’s ability to have a positive impact
on lives and communities.
How is “Capacity
Building” defined by ReefProject2.0 as it relates directly
to the community and ADE achieving its mission?
Capacity building as a long-term continual process of
development that involves all stakeholders; including
ministries, local authorities, non-governmental
organizations, professionals, community members, academics
and more. Capacity building uses a country's human,
scientific, technological, organizational, and institutional
and resource capabilities. The goal of capacity building is
to tackle problems related to policy and methods of
development, while considering the potential, limits and
needs of the people in the communities involved.
An effective capacity building process must encourage
participation by all those involved. If stakeholders are
involved and share ownership in the process of development
they will feel more responsible for the outcome and
sustainability of the development. Engaging stakeholders who
are directly affected by the situation allows for more
effective decision-making, it also makes development work
Community capacity-building on an individual level requires
the development of conditions that allow individual
participants to build and enhance existing knowledge to
newly developed skills. It also calls for the establishment
of conditions that will allow individuals to engage in the
"process of learning and adapting to change."
It is also referred to as capacity development, which is a
conceptual approach to development that focuses on
understanding the obstacles that inhibit people,
governments, international organizations and
non-governmental organizations from realizing their
developmental goals while enhancing the abilities that will
allow them to achieve measurable and sustainable results.
This concept is especially significant when newly acquired
skills relate to the development of a Mari culture project
within their community and are developed to employ
techniques that science and research have recently
discovered and is beneficial to both the local economy and