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CRC WEEKLY ROUNDUP - 11/28/23





CRC at COP28 - Before we get to our regular news items, here are a few exciting events that include Tali & CRC!


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2ND 17:00-18:30 GST

COP28 Commonwealth Pavilion, Blue Zone, Location Code: MA09G4

Organized by: CRC and Commonwealth Blue Charter Panelists: Tali Vardi (Coral Restoration Consortium)

Reshma Ram (Youth Leader from Fiji)

Tiein Taebo (Youth Leader from Kiribati)

Willy Missack (Community Organizer from Vanuatu)

Heidi Prislan (Commonwealth Blue Charter)

Join Tali as she moderates a panel discussion about the climate crisis in South Pacific Commonwealth. The panel will discuss island-specific projects, regional planning needs, and how storytelling can help inform management, restoration efforts, and knowledge-sharing across regions and the globe.


Tali will be joined on stage by The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland, to make an exciting announcement about a new CRC initiative to support storytelling in the global coral restoration community.


EVENT: A Solutions Toolbox to Save Coral Reefs FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1ST 14:00 – 15:00 (GST)

*The session will also be live streamed and recorded - you can watch it live here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-M2cUTRtwU Organized by: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and co-hosted by the GFCR, International Coral Reef Society (ICRS), Coral Research and Development Accelerator Platform (CORDAP), Coral Restoration Consortium (CRC), and ICRI.

Presenters/Panelists: Amy Apprill, Reef Solutions Initiative, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) (moderator)

Tali Vardi, Coral Restoration Consortium (CRC) Raquel Peixoto, International Coral Reef Society (ICRS); King Abdullah University of Science & Technology

Anderson Mayfield, Coral Research and Development Accelerator Platform (CORDAP)

Meizani Irmadhiany, Program Lead for Global Fund for Coral Reefs-funded Indonesia programme and Executive Chair of Konservasi Indonesia.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2ND

16:30 – 17:30 (GST)

Join this event virtually: Event Registration Link.

Access: In-person attendance at this event is by invitation only.

Organized by: This event, led by the GFCR and in partnership with HLCC Race to Resilience, ICRI, UNEP, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and UNCDF

The High-Level launch event of the 2030 Coral Reef Breakthrough will mark a watershed moment in global action to save the world’s most threatened ecosystem.

Location: Tech and Innovation Stage, Green Zone

Saturday, Dec. 9th

Time: 12:45 –13:35 (GST)

Organised by: Coral Vita and Start up Nation Central

Access: Passes for Green Zone needed

Scientists predict that coral reefs around the world will be threatened by 2050 and could be gone by 2070, triggering an ecological disaster. The Red Sea, bordered by Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan contains one of the most biodiverse and productive coral reefs in the world, and is also economically critical for the region. The session brings together trailblazing reef scientists and management experts to discuss the shared management of these ecosystems across international borders.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9TH

16:00 - 17:00 GST

LOCATION: Climate for Science Action Pavilion Thematic Arena 3, First Floor (Will be livestreamed, link TBC) In the pursuit of protecting and preserving the world's precious corals, we must amplify the often overlooked voices of the Global South. These countries situated closer to the frontlines of coral reef degradation are developing or low-income countries that bear the brunt of the consequences while striving to lead in coral conservation and restoration efforts.

Speakers

  • Dr. David Obura, Founding Director of CORDIO East Africa, Chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services (IPBES) and G20 CORDAP Scientific & Advisory Member

  • Andreas Hutahaean, Deputy Director Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs Republic of Indonesia

  • Grace Catapang, GCFR Frontline Youth Ambassador [recorded statement]

  • Tali Vardi, Executive Director of the Coral Restoration Consortium and G20 CORDAP Scientific & Advisory Member

  • Xiao Xi, Professor of Marine Science, Ocean College, Zhejiang University, China [TBC]

  • Atsushi Watanabe, Senior Research Fellow Ocean Policy Research Institute of The Sasakawa Peace Foundation and CORDAP IGC representative [TBC]

  • Carlos M. Duarte, Prof. of Marine Science at KAUST and Executive Director at G20 CORDAP



CORAL RESTORATION IN THE NEWS

Sarasota Herald-Tribune Mote - Almost 7,000 heat-stressed corals have been returned to nurseries off the Florida Keys


ABC.Net.AU - VIDEO: (AIMS) “Pacific traditional owners work to restore battered reefs with local knowledge and modern tech. Fifteen years after a tsunami engulfed Samoa's shores there are still the telltale signs of entire reefs and coral beds that washed away. Tapping into the knowledge of fellow Indigenous leaders is sparking hopes for their restoration.”


L'Oréal, Great Barrier Reef Foundation Launch Global Coral Restoration The L'Oréal Fund for Nature Regeneration has committed to a decade-long investment aimed at pioneering a world-first method of calculating the value of coral reef biodiversity and support the deployment of heat-tolerant corals.


CORAL RESTORATION PROJECTS

Citizen TV Kenya - “Group starts restoration of coral reefs in the Indian Ocean.”


The Phuket News, Reef restoration underway at Racha “A project overseen by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) is underway to install 88 sets of 3D-printed ‘coral larvae islands’ at Siam Bay, at Racha Yai Island south of Phuket, in the hope of restoring the degraded coral reef there.”


TE AO Maori News Tourists urged to help protect Rarotonga lagoon coral reefs. Featuring Te Ara o te Akau

Conde Nast Traveller Maldives at Soneva Fushi. “A partnership between the Soneva Foundation, the Swiss environmental organisation Coralive and global ecosystem restoration organisation Ark2030, the project aims to return the reef to the state in which it existed 25 years ago.


Phys.org Gili Matra Bersama Foundation “How local communities in Indonesia's Gili islands are restoring coral ecosystems amid rising sea temperatures.” Restoration efforts in Gili Matra National Marine Conservation Area.

Now, Gili Matra is a hotspot for coral ecosystem restoration projects, according to a 2022 study by coral researcher at Padjadjaran University, Tries Blandine Razak. Between 1990 and 2020, there have been around 18 coral restoration activities in Gili Matra.



RESEARCH/JOURNAL ARTICLES

Springer, Symbiont-mediated tradeoffs between growth and heat tolerance are modulated by light and temperature in the coral Montipora capitata. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, researchers found that there was a tradeoff for corals dominated by the thermally sensitive algae—they have higher growth, but only in cooler water.


TECHNOLOGY

Star Advertiser Hawaii AI could give coral a fighting chance in warming oceans. “Where we can really assist is in creating seed banks, because I do think a lot of the tropical corals are going to struggle to survive under climate change,” says coral biologist Taryn Foster, the founder of Coral Maker, who’s working with Auto­desk roboticists on the project. Coral Maker, a startup in Geraldton, Australia, aims to eventually restore 250 acres of reefs a year, compared with the 1 hec­tare currently rehabilitated annually. Worldwide, coral reefs cover 28.4 million hec­tares of the ocean.

“Jessica Levy, director of restoration at the Coral Restoration Foundation, says temperatures in the Florida Keys have been so extreme this summer that at one site, corals “didn’t have time to bleach — they just kind of burned and were dead.” So dire was the threat that, in early August, Levy’s colleagues rescued 1,500 corals representing unique genotypes and transported them to water tanks on land to safeguard the reef’s genetic diversity.”


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Project Description: The aim of our project is to gain in-depth knowledge of the dynamics of international collaborations among coral reef scientists. Developed in collaboration with global coral reef scientists, this survey aims to capture valuable insights and experiences to better understand the mechanisms of international collaborations


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