Recovery, Restoration and Resilience


Reef Ecologic has a long history in reef restoration and training and adaptive management.

Reef Ecologic has recently developed best practice guidelines for Developing Reef Restoration Projects in the Great Barrier Reef for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and are currently co-leading a National Environmental Science Programme investigation,  ‘Best practice coral restoration for the Great Barrier Reef’.

CLICK HERE to listen to the ABC Interview with Dr Adam Smith and Lisa Bostrom-Einarrson discussing the Reef, research, climate change, projects and mentioned the upcoming GBR Symposium.

Reef Ecologic is partnering with James Cook University scientists seeking the best ideas from around the world to find ways to help repair the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). As coral cover in the Great Barrier Reef continues to degrade, pressure is growing for direct interventions to assist the recovery of corals at significant sites. A range of coral restoration and assisted recovery techniques have been trialed overseas, however there has not been an evaluation of what will work best in GBR conditions. The first step of the project is a global review of what has worked elsewhere. Dr Ian McLeod from JCU’s Tropical Water & Aquatic Ecosystem Research Hub and Dr Adam Smith from Reef Ecologic are co-leading the project. Read the full JCU media release HERE

Introduction to Reef Recovery and Restoration

Reef Ecologic regularly conducts Introduction to Reef Recovery and Restoration training as part of the Reef Recovery Project at Magnetic Island. This one day program consists of presentations

  • Introduction to coral reefs
  • Reef restoration
  • Reef recovery at Magnetic Island
  • Field trip to participate in reef recovery
  • Group case study activity

To conclude activities participants undertake a short online quiz and are presented with a certificate of completion. This program provides information to support decision making processes facing various stakeholders in coral reef environments.

Whether developing guidelines, policy, project plans or experimental designs to support reef restoration projects, or building capacity to enable effective implementation, Reef Ecologic’s expertise enables our team to design, implement and evaluate professional ecological recovery strategies that assist in restoring the delivery of vital ecosystem goods and services.

Key areas of expertise:

  • Reef restoration training and guidance
  • Reef restoration project implementation
  • Monitoring and evaluation

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Key Partners

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