The Reef Resilience Program is a partnership effort led by The Nature Conservancy that builds the capacity of reef managers and practitioners around the world to better address the local impacts on coral reefs from climate change and other stressors.
The Reef Resilience Program has the following main components:
- Aggregation, translation and access to new coral reef science and management strategies for coral reef practitioners through Resilience, Coral Reef, and Coral Reef Fisheries modules.
- Communication to coral reef managers worldwide on new resources and tools for managing for resilience
- Virtual capacity-building that is implemented through the Reef Resilience online course, a webinar series, and the Reef Resilience Network
- Intensive, in-person trainings and experiences for coral reef managers in order to improve management techniques on the ground, through Training of Trainers Workshops and learning exchanges. This includes seed funding for on-the-ground trainings led by workshop participants.
In 2005, with the support of many partners, The Nature Conservancy launched the Reef Resilience Program. This program works by empowering on-the-ground leaders to effectively communicate and engage communities in reef management. Building on its initial accomplishments as a provider of small-scale, regional trainings offering a modest set of recommendations for reef managers, the Reef Resilience Program has:
- Provided in-person training through learning exchanges and training of trainers courses for more than 1100 people from 70 countries and territories
- Conducted online training for over 1000 individuals
- Held webinars attended by over 600 individuals
- Led Training of Trainers Workshops for more than 90 managers from 47 countries who now serve as change agents, educating their own communities and instituting projects based on best management practices and resilience principles