The findings of a US$350,000 Coral Reef Restoration Program, commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank and executed by UWI Mona’s Centre for Marine Sciences (CMS), will be disclosed over a two-day workshop at the Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory in St Ann, Jamaica
The workshop titled “Coral Lifeline” has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 16 and Wednesday, August 17 primarily to share the ongoing findings of the two-year research program aimed at supporting coral reef resilience.
Professor Mona Webber, Director at the CMS and Project Lead Researcher explains that “The workshop will facilitate presentations by international researchers in the field in addition to the details and developments of the Coral Reef Restoration Program for both Jamaica and Belize. We are also adamant that this has to be a multi-sectoral effort and so we have engaged representatives from the private sector to come and actively participate and discuss efforts through a special working luncheon on Day two of the workshop. Participants will be able to see the latest in coral restoration, how other entities have succeeded at starting their own coral restoration projects and ‘greening’ their organisations, and finally discuss ways that they can support the efforts being made by scientists to mitigate the dire environmental challenges we now face.”
Workshop participants will also be able to explore innovations in coral reef monitoring and habitat creation using 3D technology. This, as with the growing worldwide trend of coral gardens and underwater museums, Day 2 of the workshop will also include a panel discussion with 3D underwater design experts from the Netherlands, USA and Canada.
The Inter-American Development Bank is the main source of multilateral financing in Latin America and the Caribbean. “As Climate Change continues to pose a great threat to places, species, and people’s livelihoods, with initiatives such as the Coral Reef Restoration Program, the IDB remains committed to providing solutions in urgent response to the rapid destruction of this natural asset,” expressed Ms. Anaitee Mills, Project Manager from the Climate Change & Sustainable Development Sector.