In a rapidly changing world, the ability of coral reefs to respond, recover, and adapt to future challenges is essential to marine ecosystems and reef-dependent communities around the world. To achieve this, the Network has supported more than 1,250 coral reef managers from 66 countries and territories to attend in-person trainings and learning exchanges to gain experience in assessing the resilience of their reefs and receive expert mentorship on how to incorporate resilience concepts into local projects.
The Network awarded seed funding grants to 50 participants to accelerate the implementation of projects developed during Reef Resilience trainings. To date, over $95,000 has been allocated for on-the-ground projects around the world to support effective management and protection of coral reefs. To achieve this we’ve provide support for managers to complete projects that:
- Build Skills of Coral Reef Professionals
- Engage with Local Communities
- Conduct Research to Inform Management
- Implement Management Plans and Strategies
To learn more about seed funding projects, read success stories from Network Members below.
Building Skills of Coral Reef Professionals
These projects equip provide information, tools, and strategies to enhance the skills of professionals working in coral reef conservation and enable them to incorporate resilience concepts into local management and boost the adaptive capacity of coral reef systems.
These projects empower community members, stakeholders, and resource users to take a more active role in sustaining coral reefs and the services they provide and encourage groups to participate in projects that improve reef resilience.
Research to Inform Management
These projects monitor the status and trends of coral reef systems through monitoring programs and assessments to best inform future management decisions.
Implementing Management Plans and Strategies
These projects focus on management planning and strategies to reduce impacts from local and global stressors and enhance reef resilience—for example, developing coral bleaching response plans, coral disease alert system, and invasive species management plans.