Tuesday, 16 March 2010

New online training course for reef managers now available

The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with NOAA and with support from the MacArthur Foundation, is offering a new virtual training program on Reef Resilience to provide coral reef managers, trainers, and policymakersguidance on building resilience to climate change into the design of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and daily management activities.

The course incorporates the new science, lessons learned, case studies,and practices that have been included in the on-line Reef Resilience toolkit and is designed to accelerate the knowledge and facilitateaccess to essential information and tools needed to incorporateresilience principles into management strategies.While the focus of this course is on the problem of coral bleaching andactions that managers can take to address this problem, specifically inthe context of Marine Protected Areas, the recommendations and tools canbe applied to most threats that coral reefs face today. The programincludes key aspects such as:

* An introduction to mass coral bleaching and the ecological andsocial impacts
* Description of the four main principles of resilience and howto identify factors of resilience
* Recommendations on the design and management of resilient MPAs

This course is free and open to anyone interested in learning about Reef Resilience.

How to enroll in the course. This free online course is available for you to work through at your own pace. Here are the steps to begin the training:

1. Navigate to www.conservationtraining.org
2. If you have not already done so, create an account on Conservation Training by clicking the 'Create new account' link
3. Once your account is created and confirmed, log into Conservation Training and click'Reef Resilience - Self-paced' course
4. Enter the course and begin by reading the course description and syllabus

More information/questions - If you'd like more information about Reef Resilience and/or the onlinecourse please email resilience@tnc.org