Restoration

Staghorn Corals in Cane Bay, St. Croix. Photo © Kemit-Amon Lewis/TNC

Beginning as an effort to repair reef habitats after acute disturbances such as ship groundings, the field of coral reef restoration is rapidly expanding across the globe as a key strategy for combating declines in coral cover caused by climate change. Increased scientific and on-the-ground discovery has improved the science behind these efforts, with increasing low cost and low-tech approaches, making restoration a viable approach for many managers and community practitioners.

This Coral Reef Restoration Toolkit compiles the latest scientific guidance and tools to help managers, researchers and practitioners ensure the maximum success of a coral reef restoration project and the most efficient use of limited resources.

This includes the following topics:

  • • An introduction to restoration and its role in coral reef management
    • Key considerations to be made when planning and designing a restoration project or program
    • Enhancing coral populations through coral propagation
    • Restoring reef structures for coastal resilience
    • Concepts of rapid response and emergency restoration
    • Restoring connected habitats including seagrass beds and mangroves
    • Guidelines for monitoring coral reef restoration

This Coral Reef Restoration Toolkit was developed through a partnership with experts from the opens in a new windowCoral Restoration Consortium (CRC). Click  opens in a new windowhere to learn more about the CRC efforts and the restoration-focused webinar series.

Coral Restoration Foundation Nursery

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