Resilience

Schooling fusiliers and corals in Kofiau, Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Photo © Jeff Yonover

Coral reef ecosystems that are more resilient to the impacts of global and local stressors are better able to resist and recover.

Coral reefs are among the oldest ecosystems on earth, and are not only hotspots for biodiversity, but also provide countless services and economic benefits to local communities. Unfortunately, coral reefs worldwide are in crisis. Over the last few decades, global stressors related to climate change have been recognized as a significant threat to coral reef ecosystems. The combination of global and local threats has resulted in declines in reef communities across the globe.

Managers can take actions to support coral reef resilience, thus conserving these valuable ecosystems for future generations. Coral reef ecosystems that are more resilient to the impacts of global and local threats are more likely to survive into the future.

This section provides an overview of key principles of coral reef ecology, ecological and social resilience and how it applies to coral reef ecosystems, and the principles of a resilience-based management approach. For more in-depth information, take the Coral Reef Resilience Online Course. Read a description of the course or  opens in a new windowenroll in the course.

Thriving shallow reef in American Samoa. Photo © Shaun Wolfe

Thriving shallow reef in American Samoa. Photo © Shaun Wolfe

 

 

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