The first global workshop of CORAL's two-year reef resilience to climate change training and management program drew an impressive group of participants and mentors for a week of intensive instruction in the coral reef community of Amed in Bali, Indonesia. After participants shared overviews of their sites, they attended classroom lectures, practiced underwater monitoring techniques, and worked collaboratively in small groups to develop effective action plans for their regions.
Participants, who hail from ten key coral reef locations, have now returned home equipped with the knowledge, skills, and materials to replicate the training for additional coral reef managers and stakeholders in their own countries. They will also work directly with CORAL to identify microgrant funding opportunities for local conservation projects that will advance the initiative from curriculum to conservation action. Check back for updates on these projects, as well as additional workshops, over the next year.
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Egypt: Moshira Hassan - Vice President, Reef Check Germany
Fiji (Lau Group): Babitu Rarawa - Fisheries External Officer, Ministery of Fisheries and Forests
Fiji (Lomaiviti Group): Ana Taqivetaua - Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Lomaiviti Provincial Council
Indonesia (Aceh): Edi Rudi - Director & Lecturer, Marine Science and Fisheries Center of Syiah Kuala University
Indonesia (Bali): Derta Prabuning - Field Officer, Reef Check Indonesia
Malaysia: Julian Hyde - Manager, Reef Check Malayasia
Maldives: Rilwan Yoosuf - Research Officer, Marine Research Center under the Ministry of Fishery and Agriculture
Mozambique: Isabel Marques da Silva - Professor, Unilurio University
Philippines: Dean Apistar - Substrate and Training Specialist, Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation, Inc.
Thailand: Srisakul Piromvaragorn (Faculty) and James True (Lecturer) - Center of Excellence for Biodiversity of Peninsular Thailand at Prince of Songkla University
Rick MacPherson - Interim Executive Director and Conservation Programs Director, Coral Reef Alliance
Sangeeta Mangubhai - Bird's Head (Raja Ampat) Portfolio Manager, The Nature Conservancy, Indonesia
Rod Salm - Director of Marine Conservation Programs for the Asia Pacific Region, The Nature Conservancy
Jensi Sartin - Director, Reef Check Indonesia
Naneng Setiasih - Coral Triangle Regional Manager, Coral Reef Alliance
Mark Erdmann - Senior Advisor to the Indonesia Marine Program and Head of the Bird's Head Seascape Program, Conservation International
Armely Meiviana - Communications Specialist, Indonesia's Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture
Scott Radway - Asia Pacific Program Manager, SeaWeb