Buzo Certificado (>20 buceos)
Nivel requerido
10 Días
Duración
Magoodhoo Island, Faafu Atoll, Maldives
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During the first Maldivian Coral Reef Restoration Workshop in 2017, four coral nurseries were built and populated with over 1000 coral fragments. In the 2018 Edition of this 10-day intensive full-time 80-hour hands-on, in-water practical program we will focus on the second step of the coral gardening approach: the transplantation of the nursery-grown coral fragments. Specifically, participants will be introduced to cement fixing of coral fragments (nursery-grown corals and micro-fragments) onto hard substrate. In addition to current best practices for coral reef restoration, the workshop will provide an experience on building and maintaining shallow water fix and floating nurseries, growing different reef organisms for reef restoration, selecting and preparing sites for coral transplantation, and assessing the ecosystem response to coral transplantation.

The workshop will be divided into a series of classroom lessons and field activities. It will be coordinated by Dr Phanor H Montoya-Maya of the NGO Corales de Paz, who has worked for the past four years on large-scale coral reef restoration via coral gardening in the Seychelles (USAID/UNDP-GEF-funded “Reef Rescuers: Restoring Reefs in the Face of Climate Change”) and Colombia (Community-based coral reef restoration in Seaflower MPA, Colombia). Lessons will be held at the Marine Research and High Education Center (MaRHE Center) of Milano-Bicocca University in Magoodhoo Island, Faafu Atoll, about three hours by speedboat from Malé airport. All field activities will be carried out on SCUBA diving and snorkelling equipment. This workshop will follow up on ‘Magoodhoo Island Coral Reef Restoration Project’, a collaboration between Corales de Paz and the University of Milano Bicocca.

The workshop will run from 24 November – 3 December 2018. To learn more about the workshop and apply follow this link.

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Coral reefs are complex and productive ecosystems that encompass the highest biodiversity of any marine ecosystem. To date, we have lost most of the global coral-reef system worldwide due to overfishing, coastal development, sedimentation, marine-based pollution and climate change. This has resulted in the loss of valuable ecosystem services to the livelihoods of millions of people. Although traditional conservation management measures such as the designation of marine protected areas (MPA) do work, this passive strategy works at a slow pace and it alone cannot curb reef degradation by natural disturbances, once the disturbance has ended. Consequently, there is a demand for active reef restoration measures that can complement traditional conservation efforts if we are to ensure the preservation of the ecosystem services that coral reefs provide to humans. This becomes essential in the Republic of Maldives that consists entirely of coral reefs that are significant on a global scale as well, being the 7th largest in terms of area covered, contributing up to 5% of the worlds reef area.

The two-step “coral gardening” approach to active reef restoration is a promising alternative for accelerating reef recovery and building reef resilience. The first step entails generating a pool of farmed colonies in underwater nurseries until they reach a threshold transplantation size. The second step is the transplantation of the nursery-grown colonies onto denuded reef areas. Because this approach allows for the mariculture of naturally resilient coral genotypes that can be used to rehabilitate degraded reefs, the coral gardening concept is being considered as an adaptive tool against climate change impacts. The 2 nd Edition of the Maldivian Coral Reef Restoration Workshop is your opportunity to gain hands-on experience on this active strategy for coral reef conservation.

The course will consist of a series of lectures and field activities held by international researchers with experience in tropical marine environments. Classes will be held at the advanced training center. All field activities in the sea will be done by scuba diving.
After completion of this training, you will be able to:

  • build coral nurseries;
  • populate coral nurseries;
  • maintain and monitor underwater coral nurseries;
  • out-plant corals onto a degraded reef site;
  • improve your knowledge on corals identification;
  • assess coral health conditions;
  • assess and monitor sites for coral reef restoration;
  • understand best practices for carrying out your own coral reef restoration project.

At the end of the Maldivian Coral Reef Restoration Workshop – 2nd Edition – the University of Milano-Bicocca will release a digital certificate – Open Badge – to recognize the participant’s skills and achievements on coral reef restoration (Coral Restoration Technique). For more details, please visit: www.openbadges.org and https://bestr.it/badge/show/400?ln=it.

The workshop will run from 24 November – 3 December 2018. To learn more about the workshop and apply follow this link.

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