The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) is excited to announce the upcoming Bonaire Coral Reef Restoration Workshop, happening from June 17-19, 2024, at its office on Bonaire. This event will unite stakeholders, experts, and practitioners from the Dutch Caribbean and beyond to advance coral reef conservation and restoration efforts. Some sessions will be available to the public online.

The Bonaire Coral Reef Restoration workshop aims to share best practices and protocols in reef restoration. With a focus on coral and fish restoration, practical field workshops will be conducted by Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire and Diergaarde Blijdorp (Roffareefs). The workshop will also explore collaboration opportunities under DCNA’s Conservation & Restoration of Key Habitats program.

Bonaire Coral Reef Restoration Workshop Highlights:

Coral Restoration

Insights from Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire, Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) and SECORE International , including coral fragmentation, micro propagation, and larval propagation techniques.

Herbivore Restoration

Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences will present their approaches to restore native herbivores, such as different sea urchins and snail species. The herbivores reduce harmful algae, thereby giving corals a higher survival chance.

Fish Restoration

Diergaarde Blijdorp (Roffareefs) will present novel approaches to fish reproduction, focusing on herbivorous fish.

Land-based coral spawning

Coral Spawning Lab will cover coral spawning techniques, larval propagation, and novel system designs to scale coral production. Participation in the workshop is sponsored by Diergaarde Blijdorp.

MPAConnect/AGRRA

Key messages from the Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA) / MPAConnect  workshop on Coral Restoration Roadmap Planning in Florida.


Guest Speakers: Bonaire Coral Restoration Workshop

Join the online Bonaire Coral Restoration workshop consisting of various presentations bringing together stakeholders, experts, and practitioners with the aim of advancing coral reef conservation and restoration efforts in the Dutch Caribbean. The Bonaire Coral Restoration Workshop will facilitate knowledge sharing on restoration best practices and protocols, leveraging local expertise to foster cooperation where feasible.

Day one will focus on coral restoration and day two will focus on herbivore (fish & sea urchin) restoration.

Francesca Virdis

Francesca Virdis, the Managing Director at Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire (RRFB), will be giving 2 presentations.

On day 1, Francesca will explore the innovative in-situ nursery system, advanced coral propagation, and outplanting techniques.

With over a decade of field experience in restoring Bonaire’s coral populations, Francesca will share key lessons learned and how promoting genetic diversity at out-planting sites enhances coral resilience and boosts the success of our restoration program.

The Bonaire Coral Reef Restoration workshop aims to share best practices and protocols in coral reef restoration.

On day 2, Francesca will demonstrate how incorporating key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics into your coral restoration program can enhance strategy development and boost program efficiency and effectiveness. Join her presentation to explore how RRFB’s real-time tracking of coral production and pre-set reports enable timely interventions, support regular decision-making, and facilitate the overall management of a large-scale coral restoration project.


Kelly Latijnhouwers

Kelly Latijnhouwers is the Restoration Technology Manager at SECORE International and scientist at the CARMABI Research Station in Curaçao. She will be sharing the ins and outs of the larval propagation work in the Caribbean.

Learn how to apply these methods in field-based settings to achieve successful restoration. Join Kelly’s session to discover the latest tools and techniques in this exciting field.

The Bonaire Coral Reef Restoration workshop aims to share best practices and protocols in coral reef restoration.

Alwin Hylkema

Alwin Hylkema, is an associate lector at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences and a senior researcher at Wageningen University. His research focusses on interventions to increase the resilience of coral reefs. Alwin will share the innovative approaches they developed to restore Diadema sea urchins, which can now be cultured in large numbers.

You’ll also learn about the existing bottlenecks in Diadema restoration, enabling you to decide which approach is most useful for your organization. In addition, he will share some preliminary results regarding restoration approaches for other species. Join his session to discuss herbivore restoration throughout the Caribbean!

The Bonaire Coral Reef Restoration workshop aims to share best practices and protocols in coral reef restoration.

Join the Online Workshop for Free

The DCNA brings together a group of stakeholders representing the six Dutch Caribbean islands that will attend the workshop in-person. Some of the sessions will also be available to the public for free via Zoom. Check the agenda and register here: https://dcnanature.org/reef-restoration-workshop/

Special Edition BioNews

After the workshop, the DCNA will publish a special edition of BioNews. It will feature articles and recordings of some presentations and workshop topics. This will provide more in-depth insights and extend the knowledge shared during the event. Follow DCNA for updates via Facebook, Instagram or BioNews.

This workshop is funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) and supported by the Dutch Postcode Lottery.


Photo credit: Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire – all rights reserved

More information and Interviews, contact: research@DCNAnature.org

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