February 28, 2018 at 1:00 PM EST
Fernando Secaira of The Nature Conservancy presents a pilot project underway in Mexico in partnership with Swiss Re and the Mexican state of Quintana Roo governments to insure coastal natural ecosystems that support tourism and offer an associated source of funding for ongoing reef protection and repair.
February 14, 2018
As coral restoration programs are developed, a great deal of thought goes into site selection and design of nurseries and outplant sites to ensure success. Until this past summer, one of the considerations, “can our sites withstand a direct hit from a hurricane” has been mostly theoretical. Hear experts from Florida and the Caribbean discuss impacts from hurricanes Irma and Maria, what worked and what didn’t, and what they will do in the future to mitigate impacts both to coral nurseries and outplant sites. This Coral Restoration Consortium webinar features six presentations followed by a panel Q&A session. Speakers include: Kemit-Amon Lewis, Shannon Gore, Sean Griffin, Kerry Maxwell, Jessica Levy, and Dalton Hesley. View the webinar presentations.
Reflecting on the past year, there has never been a more critical time for effective coral reef management. In June of 2017, the world’s longest and most widespread bleaching event on record ended, with many reefs experiencing significant mortality. To address these – and other – challenges, the Reef Resilience Network continues to empower a global network of marine managers and scientists to improve coral reef management by sharing and implementing cutting-edge resilience science, inspiring greater collaboration, and working with global and regional reef initiatives to roll out guidance and best practices. Based on feedback from our managers, we have led in-person and online trainings, and have added new webinars, case studies, journal summaries, guidebooks, and modules on key topics to our website, reefresilience.org, which had over 150,000 visitors this year alone!
We are inspired by the thousands of reef managers, practitioners, and scientists in our Network and beyond, who spend their days working to reduce the threats facing reefs and supporting the necessary policies and programs to help our reefs to recover and thrive. We thank you and look forward and ahead to 2018 – the International Year of the Reef – and are grateful for the renewed attention to one of our world’s most precious resources, our coral reefs. See how we, as a Network, have improved reef management around the world.
January 16 – February 8, 2018
Looking to influence behavior or raise awareness about an issue to advance your conservation efforts? A new Strategic Communication Mentored Online Course can help you communicate effectively to reach your conservation goal! This three-week mentored training, which is only a 6-8 hour time commitment, features hands-on exercises, interactive webinars and quizzes, and guidance from mentors and other managers. We’ve demystified strategic communication and simplified the planning process so you can work on your own project as you learn. This course is free and open to anyone, but is geared toward coral reef managers and practitioners. The course content can be found in the communication module.
- December 18 – January 16: Course registration is open. Registration closes January 17
- January 16: Course orientation and introductory webinar (45 minutes)
- January 17 – January 24: Complete three self-paced lessons and worksheets on the communication planning process: establish your goal & objectives, assess the context for your efforts, and identify your target audience(s) (~2.5 hours)
- January 25: Webinar 2 – Review concepts and discussion (45 minutes)
- January 26 – February 7: Complete four self-paced lessons and worksheets on the communication planning process: make your message matter, identify messengers and tactics, measure your impact, and create a summary of your plan (~3.5 hours)
- February 8: Webinar 3 – Review concepts, discussion, and course conclusion (30 minutes)
This symposium was live streamed as part of the Coral Restoration Consortium webinar series in conjunction with The Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and “The Future Ocean” cluster in Kiel. Speakers shared information on new approaches for the conservation of coral reefs such as assisted colonization and assisted evolution and synthetic biology. View the presentation recordings below.
Welcome and introduction – Marlene Wall, Geomar, Germany
Session 1: Shifting paradigms in conservation: social, public and scientific landscape of conservation genetics
Objective: The aim of session 1 is to (i) discuss new approaches for the conservation of natural environments, such as assisted colonization, assisted evolution and synthetic biology and (ii) introduce the current legal, public and scientific framework of novel methods in conservation.
- A history of assisted colonization: IUCN Guidelines and the growing need to consider risky conservation translocation – Phil Seddon, University of Ottago, New Zealand
- The role of Synthetic Biology in conserving the new nature – Kent H. Redford, Archipelago Consulting, USA
- Coral reef restoration in a changing environment – Dirk Petersen, SECORE, Germany
Session 2: Assisted evolution in corals: Opportunities, applications, challenges, and limitations
Objective: The aim is to introduce how assisted evolution might change our way of restoring natural marine environments. What new tools are available that can improve the selection of environmental stress resistance and be implemented in conservation? What are the promises and perils of such approaches?
- Coral conservation genetics in a changing climate – Iliana Baums, Pennsylvania State University, USA
- How assisted evolution and synthetic biology can help address the coral reef crisis – Madeleine van Oppen, University of Melbourne/AIMS, Australia
- Assisting coral reef survival in the face of climate change – James Guest, Newcastle University, UK
- Discussion – Thorsten Reusch & Marlene Wall
December 7, 2017
This symposium was live streamed as part of the Coral Restoration Consortium webinar series in conjunction with The Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and “The Future Ocean” cluster. Speakers shared information on new approaches for the conservation of coral reefs such as assisted colonization and assisted evolution and synthetic biology. Explore and view the symposium presentations.
November 2, 2017
The exchange covered coral reef restoration projects in the Western Indian Ocean and Reef Resilience Network resources, including a new restoration module. Due to technical difficulties the workshop was not recorded, but view a summary report and presentation files on the Network Forum (note: you will need to log in). Need help logging in or registering? View instructions here.
This workshop was held November 15-17, 2016 with the goal of fostering collaboration and technology transfer among coral restoration scientists, practitioners, and managers, and initiating a community of practice that continues to address the evolving role of active coral restoration in the evolutionary history of coral reef ecosystems. The talks cover recent scientific advances in coral biology to help plan and experiment with coral restoration, successes and failures in recent coral restoration projects, and inspiring future research to help advance the practice of coral restoration. The recordings and presentations can be viewed below.
Day 1 – November 15, 2016:
- Taking coral restoration to the ecosystem scale – Tom Moore, NOAA Coral Reef Restoration Program (Video, Presentation)
- The role of restoration in coral reef ecosystems – Les Kaufman, Boston University (Video, Presentation)
- Valuing social benefits of restoration – Mike Beck, The Nature Conservancy (No Video, Presentation)
- The scientific foundation for successful coral restoration programs – Bob Richmond, University of Hawaii (Video, Presentation)
- Beyond restoration – intervention ecology – Margaret Miller, NOAA Fisheries Science Center (Video, Presentation)
- An overview of the use of genetics in coral restoration – Andrew Baker, University of Miami (Video, Presentation)
- Influence of genotype and the environment – Crawford Drury, University of Miami (Video, Presentation)
- Thermal trait selections including symbionts – John Parkinson, Oregon State University (Video, Presentation)
- Phylogenetic tree project overview – Scott Winters, Coral Restoration Foundation (Video, Presentation)
- Using hybridization to aid restoration – Nikki Fogarty, Nova Southeastern University (No Video, Presentation)
- Genetic basis of disease resistance – Steve Vollmer, Northeastern University (Video, No Presentation)
- Disease intervention as a restoration tool – Cheryl Woodley, NOAA/NCCOS (Video, Presentation)
- Interaction of temperature stress and disease resistance – Erin Muller, Mote Marine Laboratory (No Video, No Presentation)
Day 2 – November 16, 2016:
- How can we restore reef resilience at scale? – Dirk Petersen, SECORE (No Video, Presentation)
- Thinking systematically about how we accomplish our day to day restoration work – Andrew Ross, Seascape Caribbean (No Video, Presentation)
Scaling up in-water nurseries
- Tracking and management of a large nursery – Jessica Levy, Coral Restoration Foundation – Florida (No Video, Presentation)
- New variations on commonly used nursery structures
- Prevention of storm damage and experiences
- Partnerships with resorts and dive operators – Rita Ines Sellares, Dominican Foundation of Marine Studies (Video, Presentation)
- Managing a volunteer workforce
- Managing a paid community workforce – Lisa Carne, Fragments of Hope – Belize (Video, Presentation)
- Reducing diver/coral interaction time – Ken Nedimyer, Coral Restoration Foundation – Florida (Video, Presentation)
- Trade-offs and BMPs in nursery design – Keri O’Neil, The Florida Aquarium (Video, Presentation)
- Land-based nurseries as tools for restoration – Scott Graves, The Florida Aquarium (Video, Presentation)
- Quarantine and health management – Cindy Lewis, Keys Marine Lab/Florida International Univ. (Video, Presentation)
- Micro-fragging and re-sheeting – Dave Vaughan, Mote Marine Laboratory (No Video, Presentation)
- Settlement cues for acroporid larvae – Valerie Paul, Smithsonian Institution (Video, Presentation)
- Restoring with cryopreserved gametes – Mary Hagedorn, Smithsonian Institution (No Video, No Presentation)
- Sexual propagation of non-acroporids – Kristen Marhaver, CARMABI – Curaçao (No Video, No Presentation)
- Scaling-up and reducing the costs – Valerie Chamberland, SECORE – Curaçao (Video, Presentation)
- Large scale restoration using sexual recruits – Mark van Koningsveld, Van Oord (Video, Presentation)
Scaling-Up Outplanting: Ideas on current best approaches
- Lisa Carne – Fragments of Hope – Belize (Video, Presentation)
- Ken Nedimyer – Coral Restoration Foundation – Florida (Video, Presentation)
- Hector Ruiz – HJR Reefscaping – Puerto Rico (Video, Presentation)
- Michael Nemeth – NOAA Restoration Center – Puerto Rico (Video, Presentation)
- Austin Bowden-Kerby – Corals for Conservation – Fiji (Video, Presentation)
- Phanor H Montoya Maya – Corales de Paz / Nature Seychelles – Colombia (Video, Presentation)
- Peter Gayle – Discovery Bay Marine Lab – Jamaica (Video, Presentation)
- Gabriela Nava – Oceanus – Mexico (Video, Presentation)
Scaling-Up Outplanting: Ideas to reduce interaction time and increase efficiency
- Ken Nedimyer, Coral Restoration Foundation – Florida (Video, Presentation)
- Victor Manuel Galvan, Punta Cana – Dominican Republic (Video, Presentation)
- Andrew Ross, Seascape Caribbean – Jamaica (No Video, No Presentation)
- Tom Moore, NOAA Restoration Center – Florida (Video, Presentation)
- Anastazia Banaszak, Unversidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Video, Presentation)
- Sean Griffin, NOAA Restoration Center – Puerto Rico (Video, Presentation)
- Sean Griffin, NOAA Restoration Center – Puerto Rico (Video, Presentation)
Day 3 – November 17, 2016:
Optimizing restoration site selection
- Current approaches to site selection – Christopher Slade, The Nature Conservancy (Video, Presentation)
- Species distributions and restoration – Shay Viehman, NOAA NCCOS (Video, Presentation)
- Prioritization of restoration sites through modeling and Zonation – Katie Wirt Ames, FL Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (Video, Presentation)
- Larval connectivity modeling and restoration – Joana Figueiredo, Nova Southeastern University (No Video, No Presentation)
- Optimizing for calcification – Ilsa Kuffner, US Geological Survey – Florida (Video, Presentation)
- Using population models – Alex Molina, SAM – University of Puerto Rico (Video, Presentation)
- Using population models – Tali Vardi, NOAA Fisheries (Video, Presentation)
Monitoring for ecosystem recovery
- Review of new, large-area monitoring methods – Stuart Sandin, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Video, No Presentation)
- Using photo-mosaics to monitor restoration success – Brooke Gintert, University of Miami (Video, Presentation)
- Snorkeler/GPS monitoring of reef-scale trends – Dana Williams, NOAA – SE Fisheries Science Center (Video, Presentation)
- Restoration as fish habitat – Michael Nemeth, NOAA Restoration Center (Video, Presentation)
- Developing programmatic benchmarks – Stephanie Shopmeyer, University of Miami (Video, Presentation)
- Integrating restoration practices in the U.S. – Alison Moulding, NOAA Protected Resources (Video, Presentation)
- Overview of coral restoration consortium – Jennifer Moore, NOAA Protected Resources (Video, Presentation)
- Reef managers survey results and reef resilience toolkit – Liz Shaver, Duke University (Video, Presentation)
Ready to get practical with adapting your management activities in light of climate change, but wondering how to organize what can be a complicated ‘adaptation design’ process? A new course, Corals & Climate Adaptation Planning: Adaptation Design Tool, can help you as a coral reef manager incorporate climate-smart design into your management activities.
This month-long mentored training (8-10 hour time commitment) features interactive lessons, hands-on exercises, webinars, and interaction with experts and other managers. Using real-world examples, you will be guided through the process of incorporating climate change adaptation into a management plan, first using existing planned actions as a starting point, and then through the development of additional climate-smart strategies as needed.
The lessons are based on the user guide, Adaptation Design Tool: Corals & Climate Adaptation Planning, which was developed as a collaborative project of the Climate Change Working Group of the interagency U.S. Coral Reef Task Force and The Nature Conservancy.
This course was designed for coral reef managers but is also fully transferable for use with other systems and applications, such as wetland and watershed management planning. Everyone is welcome!
- Course Dates: October 16 – November 17, 2017
- September 25 – October 16: Course Orientation and Introductory Webinar registration
- October 16: Course Orientation and Introductory Webinar – Introduction to the Adaptation Design Tool (1 hour)
- October 17 – November 16: Complete four self-paced lessons and learning exercises (approximately 6 hours)
- November 6: Webinar 2 – Developing Climate-Smart Design Considerations for Existing Conservation and Management Actions (1.5 hours)
- November 17: Webinar 3 – Expanding the List of Adaptation Options & Course Conclusion (1 hour)
The course will open with an orientation webinar held on October 16 at 10:00 AM HST / 4:00 PM EST. Register here for the Orientation Webinar which will cover how to enroll in the course. If you are not able to take this mentored course, there is a self-study version available here (Note: you will need to create a user account to access the self-study course). If you have questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 27, 2017
Elizabeth McLeod, Climate Adaptation Scientist from The Nature Conservancy, shares the latest scientific guidance to help managers determine social and ecological vulnerabilities to climate change and other stressors. In addition, Dareece Chuc, Environmental Education and Communication Director from the Belize Audubon Society, shares successes, challenges and lessons learned implementing the LEAP (Local Early Action Planning and Management) Tool in Belize.