Introduction to the Coral Reef Module (3:30)
Rod Salm, advisor to TNC's Indo-Pacific program, invites us to dive in.
The Coral Reef Module is a resource that provides detailed information about the stressors facing coral reef ecosystems, and offers specific guidance on building resilience into daily management activities and the design of marine protected area networks.
For conservation managers, the module compiles the latest scientific research and tools to help address impacts of climate change and other major threats and promote healthy reefs that persist over time. Watch the video for an introduction, go directly to a section of the module using the navigation menu that appears on the left of each page, or click through the slides below to see what's inside.
focuses on the value of coral reef ecosystems, describes the current status of reefs worldwide, and discusses the definition of resilience. Information is also provided on ecological, biological, chemical, and physical factors used to assess coral reef resilience.
describes key threats and stress responses, such as climate and ocean change, bleaching, coastal development, disease, and invasive species, that affect the health of coral reefs. Causes, impacts, and links to relevant management strategies are included for each threat.
presents overarching guidelines for the management strategies presented in other sections, ones that should be considered before and during implementation. Guidance is provided on integrated management approaches, adaptive management, and measuring effectiveness.
An important section for coral reef managers,
provides a suite of recommended strategies to address key threats and stressors and support coral reef resilience, such as watershed and fishery management, restoration, incident response planning, and others.
is separated from the Management Strategies section as it represents one of the most critical and thoroughly investigated areas of coral reef management. These pages provide detailed recommendations for designing resilient MPA networks.
Monitoring activities are important ways to inform management actions.
includes information on responsive assessments, resilience indicators, monitoring herbivores, and socioeconomic assessment and monitoring.
addresses an essential component of any successful coral reef management strategy. Learn about developing an effective communication strategy and the use of social marketing and facilitation tools. Specific talking points for communicating about resilience with multiple stakeholder groups are included.
highlights the work of coral reef managers worldwide. These cases offer diverse examples of how coral reef threats are being addressed through resilience management strategies.
includes a glossary, along with an A-Z listing of all references corresponding to citations found in the entire module.