Reef Restoration Concepts and Guidelines

Edwards, A.J. and E. Gomez

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These guidelines contain simple advice on coral reef restoration for coastal managers, decision makers, technical advisers and others who may be involved in community-based reef restoration efforts. Those attempting reef restoration need to be aware that there is still much uncertainty in the science underpinning restoration, not least due to the great complexity of reef ecosystems. Much scientific research is currently underway around the world to address these gaps in our knowledge and improve our understanding of what reef restoration interventions can and cannot achieve. Despite these uncertainties there are many useful lessons which can be learned from previous work both in terms of what works and what doesn’t work. The following guidelines seek to summarise these lessons in a succinct form for practitioners so that they may have a clearer idea of what can and cannot be achieved by reef restoration and can set goals and expectations accordingly.

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Technical Document

Coral Reef Targeted Research & Capacity Building for Management Programme