We have lost more than 40% 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 marine protected areas (MPA) do work, this passive conservation strategy works at a slow pace and it alone cannot curb reef degradation by natural disturbances. 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.
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 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. Although this and other active reef restoration approaches have proven effective, coral reef restoration is a long-term risky and demanding undertaking that requires sound science, preparation, commitment, and determination.
+38 REEF REPAIR DIVERS TRAINED
5 PROFESSIONAL TRAINING WORKSHOPS
4 RESTORATION PROJECTS SUPPORTED
The Reef Repair program, Corals de Paz signature trusted training program on coral gardening for effective coral reef restoration, was launched in March 2019 with the aim of strengthening the participation of non-scientists in coral reef restoration using a standard set of concepts and skills from best practices in coral gardening so that their participation is harnessed effectively within a coral reef restoration project, and using a simple method so that more people, particularly recreational divers, can get involved.
The Reef Repair Diver program allows everyone to enjoy more their reef visits. Reef Repair combines education with action to give participants a unique experience while taking an active role in the rehabilitation of coral reefs worldwide. The Reef Repair Diver program is also our strategy to scale up effectively international coral reef restoration by building capacity at the ground level. Our Reef Repair expeditions are the opportunities for recreational divers to contribute to coral gardening projects implemented worldwide for rehabilitating coral reefs, providing qualified skills for basic coral gardening tasks.
Corales de Paz signature Reef Repair Diver program is a continuing education program designed by Corales de Paz to learn current best practices in reef restoration and gain hands-on experience on coral gardening for coral reef conservation.
Following the guidelines of the Coral Restoration Consortium and showing commitment to science-based professional training in best practices for effective coral reef restoration, Corales de Paz offers Professional Training Workshops targeted at government, non-profit organization staff and dive professionals who would like to learn when and how to design a coral reef restoration program for an MPA or actively involve coral reef users in coral reef restoration, to monitor and report data collected, to use the information generated from project evaluation to make informed management decisions. For more information on our Professional Training Workshops click please contact us.