To help managers incorporate resilience concepts into their management strategies and policies, the Reef Resilience Network provides training, networking opportunities, mentorship, and seed funding to launch necessary education, monitoring, and threat abatement projects.

Our in-person trainings emphasize knowledge sharing within and across regions and are designed to prepare managers to apply cutting edge science. Based on the needs of managers, in-person trainings range in design, topic, and duration, and are often paired with a mentored version of the Reef Resilience Online Course. Past training events have included in-person workshops, presentations at conferences, site exchanges, and five-day workshops following a 12-week mentored online course.

Recognizing that managers often need additional support following a training to incorporate new strategies and tools into their work, (when funding is available) we provide the opportunity for training participants to apply for small grants up to US $2,000 for the development and completion of a Resilience Project at their sites. Thanks to the support of our funders, the Network has provided $95,000 in seed funding to training participants, which has been leveraged to provide capacity-building training for more than 1,300 professionals in 24 countries. Browse below to see past trainings.



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Adaptation Design Tool for Natural Resource Management – Minnesota, 2017

The Reef Resilience Network partnered with NOAA and EPA to host a 1.5 hour training on Adaptation Design Tool for Natural Resource Management at the National Adaptation Forum on May 11, 2017.

Locations: Global


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Integrating Ecosystem Services into Coral Reef Policy and Management – Hawai’i, 2017

The Reef Resilience Network partnered with Blue Solutions to host a five-day training on Integrating Ecosystem Services into Coral Reef Policy and Management on March 6-10, 2017.

Locations: Caribbean, Global, Pacific


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Communications and Facilitation Workshop to Support Bahamas’ MPAs – Bahamas, 2016

The Reef Resilience Network provided strategic communication support for a three-year project in the Bahamas to improve management of existing marine protected areas (MPAs) and expand MPAs to restore local fisheries.

Locations: Caribbean


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Reef Resilience Indicators – Hawai‘i, 2016

During the IUCN World Conservation Congress, twenty-seven marine resource managers, scientists, and practitioners, representing nine countries, attended a half-day workshop to learn how to monitor coral reefs for resilience and use this information to guide management.

Locations: Pacific


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Strategic Communications – American Samoa, 2016

A three-day workshop was held in partnership with NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program to help marine conservation and education professionals from eight agencies in American Samoa approach their work strategically.

Locations: Pacific


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Resilience-based Management – Philippines, 2016

This training brought together marine managers from 28 countries around the world. Topics included resilience-based management, resilience assessment data, tools and methods, future directions, as well as an overview of the current global-scale coral bleaching event and the tools available for monitoring thermal stress.


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Climate Change Tools – Seychelles, 2015

In cooperation with NOAA’s International MPA Capacity Building Program and the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association, we hosted a hands-on training for MPA managers and practitioners.


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Strategic Communications – Florida, 2015

A four-day learning exchange was held in partnership with the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute and NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program to help marine conservation professionals approach their outreach and communications work strategically.

Locations: Caribbean


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Community-Based Management – Hawai‘i, 2015

Four participants from The Bahamas National Trust and the Abaco Fly Fishing Guides Association visited Hawai‘i to learn about community-based management initiatives across the state, with emphasis on the State of Hawai‘i’s Makai Watch Program.

Locations: Caribbean, Pacific


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Scientific Writing – Hawai‘i, 2015

A four-day writing workshop was held for Pacific Island coral reef managers from Hawaiʻi, who received mentorship to improve writing skills and finalize a journal publication for submission.

Locations: Pacific