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. In addition, 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. This coupling of conservation strategies is vital if we are to ensure the preservation of the ecosystem services that coral reefs provide to humans.
The Coral Reef Restoration Training Workshop is the opportunity to learn current best practices and gain hands-on experience on coral reef restoration methods. This workshop is part of Corales de Paz´s mission to build capacity in large-scale coral reef restoration. Visit our Get Involved page to find out when and where is our next coral reef restoration training workshop.
About Corales de Paz´s Coral Reef Restoration Training Workshop
This is a two-week intensive full-time 120 hours’ hands-on, in-water practical program. In addition to providing an experience on what is involved in coral reef restoration using the coral reef gardening concept. The workshop also touches on basic principles of restoration ecology, current best practices for coral reef restoration, appropriate design and logistics.
The workshop is divided into a series of classroom lessons and field activities. It is coordinated by Dr Phanor H Montoya-Maya. Phanor is the director of the Corales de Paz and has worked for the past six years on large-scale coral reef restoration via coral gardening in Colombia, Seychelles, and the Maldives. He is also a part of the Leadership Team of the Coral Restoration Consortium, a member of the Society for Ecological Restoration and the Colombia Network of Ecological Restoration. The technical and scientific coordinators of the projects where the workshops I held assist in training and logistics as well.