GBR Restoration Symposium – Young Adults Workshop

Training

Reef Restoration and its relevance to the next generation

Despite lofty emissions targets and pledges by the international community, scientists predict that the effects of climate change are likely to get worse before any improvement is realised. Consequently, the next generation is in line to inherit natural ecosystems in a much poorer, and declining state than present, potentially requiring drastic action to support reef resilience and ecosystem health.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL. TO BE WAIT LISTED OR FOR LAST MINUTE OPPORTUNITIES PLEASE CONTACT NATHAN COOK AT nathan.cook@reefecologic.org

This event is part of the larger 4-day GBR Restoration Symposium

Details

Location: Pullman Reef Hotel Casino 35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia

Date: Monday, 16 July, 2018

Time: 8.30am – 3.30pm

Age: The workshop is open to students 10 yrs – 18yrs or Years 6 to Year 12

Workshop co-ordinators: Reef Ecologic in partnership with James Cook University, Restoration for the Great Barrier Reef

Costs: Costs for participation will be covered by the coordinating agencies.

Workshop Aims

At this workshop we would like to engage with young adults in the issues facing reef health. As part of the day’s activities aim to

  • expose young adults to the marine science community and a conference environment
  • introduce young adults to leaders in the marine science community
  • showcase young adults doing impressive work and conducting campaigns to raise awareness about reef health in the community.
  • conduct a brainstorming session to develop ideas for youth involvement and contributions to reef health, reef restoration and ways they may be able to participate in the process of improving reef health.

Tentative Program

Time Event/Activity
8.30-9.00am Welcome to Country and introductions
9am – 10.30am Keynote speakers will be providing an overview of Reef health and reef restoration (Dr Tali Vardi (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)), Dr David Wachenfeld (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), Boze Hancock (The Nature Conservancy (TNC))
10.30am Morning Tea
11am -12.30pm Other guest speakers followed by perspectives listening sessions. Stakeholders have 10mins to provide their perspective on the state of the reef and what the priorities should be. (We are proposing to have two students to fill a 10 min slot to provide the perspective of the next generation)
12.30pm – 1.00pm Lunch
1.00pm – 3pm Young Adults Workshop (see details below)

 

Young Adults Workshop Program

Time Event/Activity
1.00 – 1.20pm Q&A session with keynote speakers (Dr Tali Vardi, Dr David Wachenfeld)
1.20 – 1.35pm Presentations from influential young adults
Molly Steer (StrawNoMore for the GBR)
Kailash Cook (Reef Check Ambassador)
1.35 – 1.40pm Reflections
1.40 – 1.45pm Yoga Break
1.45 – 2.30pm Workshop activity: From the young adults perspective, what are the solutions to improve reef health and what role may reef restoration be able to play in reef restoration in the GBR.  (Individual group activity guided by facilitators)
2.30 – 2.50pm Presentations from each group’s representative from workshop session
2.50– 3.00pm Conclusion

For further information contact Nathan Cook on 0437 318802 or email nathan.cook@reefecologic.org

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