20 Aug Sharing Lessons Learned in Reef Rehabilitation

In an effort to share lessons learned and best practices in reef rehabilitation amongst practitioners, the Bali Reef Rehabilitation Network (BRRN) came together on August 20, 2021 to give an update on member-initiated rehabilitation projects around Bali. 

The Bali Reef Rehabilitation Network: Restoration Practices Webinar was attended by 121 participants from various organizations across Indonesia, including environmental organizations, universities, tourism operators, diving professionals, community groups, and government agencies.

The webinar speakers included CTC Executive Director Rili Djohani, Bloomberg Philanthropies Vibrant Oceans Initiative’s  Environmental Advocacy Manager Pauline Vaskou, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) Center for Coastal and Marine Resources Management (BPSPL) Denpasar Head Permana Yudiarso and Marine Affairs and Fisheries Department of Bali Province Head Made Sudarsana. 

The two keynote speakers, Dr. Rahmadi Prasetya from Dhyana Pura University and Dr. Beginer Subhan from IPB University, highlighted

critical points about coral restoration practices in Indonesia. The discussion involved the definition of ‘success’ in a restoration project and several approaches that have led to successful restorations, as well as social and environmental challenges one might encounter during the process.  The recent Indonesian Coral Reef Garden (ICRG) project in Bali was also discussed as a case study.

Eight members of the BRRN (Mars Sustainable Solutions, Nusa Dua Reef Foundation, LINI, Bali Hai Cruise, Blue Corner Dive, Living Seas and Nuansa Pulau a local community group from Penida Island) gave an update on the status of their rehabilitation projects, lesson learned, and the challenges that teams encountered during project implementation. These gave an interesting overview of various methods including the MARRS method, biorock, long line and concrete method.

In the discussion moderated by CTC Marine Conservation Advisor Marthen Welly, participants talked about the importance of method introduction, monitoring and maintenance plans for coral restoration projects, how to choose the appropriate method based on area characteristics, and the potential of attracting more interest from the general public through visual learning. At the end of the webinar, many participants expressed interest in learning more about coral restoration, including restoration methods that have been used outside of Bali. We hope that this enthusiasm will lead to more collaboration in the future, as a chance to keep learning from one another. Click this link to view the webinar recording: https://bit.ly/recordingBRRN

Photos by: Marthen Welly/CTC & Eureka Amadea/CTC

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