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.
A growing recognition that many reefs are showing signs of limited or slow recovery after recent disturbances, and the accumulating spatial extent of degradation of reefs, has led to increased interest in the potential for restoration to play a role in future management of the Great Barrier Reef (GBRMPA 2017).
For the last three years Reef Ecologic have been commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to coordinate the International Coral Reef Management and Leadership Course. The Course has been designed by world experts on Coral reef management and leadership to equip the participants with knowledge, skills, experiences, case studies and inspirational stories about coral reefs and people.