Maldivian Coral Reef Restoration Workshop

Marine Research and High Education Center (MaRHE Center)
Published
July 23, 2019
Location
Magoodhoo Island, Maldives
Closing date
1st October 2019

Description

Company Name: Marine Research and High Education Center (MaRHE Center)

Position Title: Maldivian Coral Reef Restoration Workshop
Location: Magoodhoo Island, Maldives

Workshop Description:

The Marine Research and High Education Center (#MaRHECenter) is a marine field station devoted to carry out research and teaching activities in the fields of marine sciences and marine biology, science of tourism and human geography, with the common mission of protect this fragile environment and its biodiversity.

Coral reefs are complex and productive ecosystems that encompass the highest biodiversity of any marine ecosystem. To date, we have lost most of the global coral reef system worldwide due different threats consequently, there is a demand for active reef restoration measures that can complement traditional conservation efforts and to ensure the preservation of the ecosystem services that coral reefs provide to humans.

The concept of restoration is to restore the structure and the function of a degraded ecosystem, habitat or area. The goal of coral restoration is to help the coral reefs, the most diverse of all marine ecosystems, to return to a condition that is close to the condition prior to the disturbance.

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 farmed 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. Because this approach allows for the mariculture of naturally resilient coral genotypes that can be used to rehabilitate degraded reefs, the coral gardening concept is being considered as an adaptive tool against climate change impacts. The Maldivian Coral Reef Restoration Workshop is your opportunity to gain hands-on experience on this active strategy for coral reef conservation. The workshop will be divided into a series of classroom lessons and field activities. It will be coordinated by Dr Phanor H Montoya-Maya of the NGO Corales de Paz, and the MaRHE center staff.

Duties

In 2019 version of this 9-day intensive full-time 80-hour hands-on, in-water practical program we will focus on the second step of the coral gardening approach: the transplantation of the nursery-grown coral fragments. Specifically, participants will be introduced to cement fixing of coral fragments (nursery-grown corals and micro-fragments) onto hard substrate and assessing the immediate effects of coral transplantation on reef condition. In addition to current best practices for coral reef restoration, the workshop will provide an experience on building and maintaining shallow water fix and floating nurseries, growing different reef organisms for reef restoration, selecting and preparing sites for coral transplantation, and assessing the ecosystem response to coral transplantation.

After completion of this training, you will be able to:

  •  build coral nurseries;
  • populate coral nurseries;
  •  maintain and monitor underwater coral nurseries;
  •  out-plant corals onto a degraded reef site;
  •  improve your knowledge on corals identification;
  •  assess coral health conditions;
  •  assess and monitor sites for coral reef restoration;
  •  understand best practices for carrying out your own coral reef restoration project.

At the end of the Maldivian Coral Reef Restoration Workshop – the University of Milano-Bicocca will release a digital certificate – Open Badge – to recognize the participant’s skills and achievements on coral reef restoration (Coral Restoration Technique). For more details, please visit: www.openbadges.org and https://bestr.it/badge/show/400?ln=en

Application process

To proceed with the registration, you have two options:

Option 1) you are required to complete the questionnaire which you can find at the following link: https://forms.gle/TNTYxPero9iMDxTS9
After completing the questionnaire that you will find at the link, we ask you to send an email to the address marhe@unimib.it specifying in the subject: "Name Surname – Registration Coral restoration Workshop 3th Edition".

Option 2) you are required to confirm your registration by e-mail sending the registration form duly filled (Download here the programme and form) to marhe@unimib.it and simone.montano@unimib.it
For both options we kindly ask you to send us a good quality scan of yours passport and your CV vitae

IMPORTANT: You will have to wait for our confirmation before proceeding with the payment of the instalment and the purchase of the flight. A maximum number of participants is also provided (16). The deadline for registration is fixed for 1th October 2019.

For more information please visit the MaRHE Center expedition page

 Contact email:

Simone Montano – simone.montano@unimib.ti

Project coordinator: Anna Marchetti – anna.marchetti@unimib.it

Marhe Center: marhe@unimib.it

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