Reef Futures 2018: A Coral Restoration and Intervention-Science Symposium
Hosted by the Coral Restoration Consortium
The first global conference dedicated to the science and practice of coral reef restoration
Saving the world’s coral reefs requires a multi-pronged approach. Immediate and aggressive action on climate change is paramount for the long-term survival of reefs. However, carbon already released into the atmosphere will continue to warm ocean waters to a level inhospitable to corals for decades to come. Thus, direct and informed interventions at the local level are needed to keep reef ecosystems from completely collapsing in the next few decades.
Threats such as overfishing and pollution must be managed locally, while simultaneously repopulating target reefs with resilient, genetically-diverse, and reproductively-viable corals. Active and targeted coral repopulation using novel ecological interventions will buy tropical reefs time until ocean temperatures return to levels at which reefs can thrive, if climate change is addressed.
Reef Futures 2018 will bring together experts from around the world to share the latest science and techniques for coral reef restoration while kicking off a global effort to dramatically scale-up the impact and reach of restoration as a major tool for coral reef conservation and management. This conference is being planned in conjunction with the upcoming Great Barrier Reef Restoration Symposium and will build on information exchanged there. We are striving for robust international participation and cross-fertilization of disciplines to develop new ideas. We encourage abstract submissions from individuals with expertise in engineering disciplines, and experience with other ecosystems in peril, who can help the coral community develop solutions. Scholarships and reduced registration rates are available to encourage participation from developing nations.
The five major themes of the symposium conference are:
- The Role of Restoration in Reef Management and Conservation
- Restoration Operations: best practices, techniques, and tools for scaling-up
- Restoration and Interventions in the Context of a Changing Planet
- Demonstrating the Value and Efficacy of Restoration and Interventions
- Restoration Vignettes: people taking restoration action around the world