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Presenters shared the release of the United Nations Environment Programme and International Coral Reef Initiative report: Coral Reef Restoration as a Strategy to Improve Ecosystem Services: A Guide to Coral Restoration Methods. Prepared by a team of over 20 experts, the report presents an overview of current methods and the best available knowledge in the field of coral reef restoration. A set of recommendations are also provided to assist key actors such as managers, practitioners, policymakers, and funding agencies to make informed decisions in applying coral reef restoration more broadly as an integrated reef management strategy.

During the webinar presenters provided an update of where the field of coral reef restoration is currently, addressed the debate on the worth of coral reef restoration in the face of climate change, and provided an overview of general, goal-based, and method-based recommendations to improve the application of coral reef restoration as a strategy to improve ecosystem services.

Gabriel Grimsditch, United Nations Environment Programme, Kenya
Dr. Ian McLeod, TropWATER, James Cook University, Australia
Dr. Margaux Hein, MER Research and Consulting, Monaco

Additional Resources:

  1. Coral Reef Restoration Guidelines
  2. Mapping Current and Future Priorities for Coral Restoration and Adaptation Programs
  3. Coral Reef Restoration Animation
  4. Coral Restoration Consortium website
  5. Manager’s Guide to Coral Reef Restoration Planning & Design

This webinar is co-sponsored by the Reef Resilience Network, the International Coral Reef Initiative, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the National Environmental Science Programme.

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