The Maldivian Coral Reef Restoration Workshop is a 10-day intensive full-time 80 hours’ hands-on, in-water practical program. In addition to provide an experience on what is involved in coral reef restoration using the coral reef gardening concept, the workshop touches on current best practices, appropriate design, logistics and evaluation of a restoration project.
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 and Research Associate to Nature Seychelles, the NGO responsible for the largest coral reef restoration project completed to date in the Indian Ocean: the USAID/UNDP-GEF-funded “Reef Rescuers: Restoring Reefs in the Face of Climate Change”.
The lessons are be held at the MaRHE Center (Marine Research and High Education Center) of Milano-Bicocca University in Magoodhoo Island, Faafu Atoll. All field activities will be carried out on SCUBA diving and snorkelling equipment. This workshop will result in the set-up of the Magoodhoo Islands’ first coral nurseries, a collaboration between Corales de Paz and the University of Milano-Bicocca.
Content of the workshop
The course will consist of a series of lectures and field activities held by international researchers with experience working in tropical marine environments. Classes will be held at the advanced training center. All field activities in the sea will be done by scuba diving.
After this training period you will be able to:
- build mid water coral nursery
- populate coral nurseries
- out-plant corals onto a degraded reef site
- improve your knowledge on corals identifications
- assess coral health conditions
- carry out an own coral reef restoration project
By attending to the workshop, participants will be provided with a certificate of practices and knowledge on coral reef restoration trough an international virtual credit named Open Badge released by the University of the Milano-Bicocca.