(LIMITED INTERNAL RIGHTS) October 2009 - Rinca Island, Indonesia. Scalefin Anthias' feed in the current above green and orange cup coral colonies. With more coral and reef fish species than anywhere else in the world, the Coral Triangle is the epicenter of our planet’s marine diversity. The Conservancy works with partners to establish and strengthen marine protected areas that are resilient in the face of global climate change and supports the regional Coral Triangle Initiative. Photo © Jeff Yonover

Rinca Island, Indonesia. Scalefin Anthias feed in the current above green and orange cup coral colonies. With more coral and reef fish species than anywhere else in the world, the Coral Triangle is the epicenter of our planet’s marine diversity. The Conservancy works with partners to establish and strengthen marine protected areas that are resilient in the face of global climate change and supports the regional Coral Triangle Initiative. Photo © Jeff Yonover

Resilience is defined as the ability of a system to maintain key functions and processes in the face of stresses or pressures by either resisting to or adapting to change. ref  It can be applied to all marine ecosystems, including temperate, tropical, and polar regions, and can also be applied to social systems (e.g., human communities). The term “resilience” has been defined for both ecological systems and social systems. In other modules we also dive deeper into the meaning and provide examples of resilience for both coral reefs and coral reef fisheries.

Last updated August 1, 2016

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