Additional resources

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The below resources have been identified as key sources of additional information on coral reefs and their related ecosystems (they are listed in alphabetical order).

Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA)

 AGRRA has developed a comprehensive set of visual training tools to help partners learn identification of key reef organisms, their role in reef health, and how to scientifically monitor, track and understand these systems. Their aim is to promote a learning platform through training, exchanges and education materials and to catalyze conservation impact through creative, effective communication to wider audiences.

Allen Coral Atlas

The Allen Coral Atlas is the result of the close collaboration between the Carnegie Institution for Science, University of Queensland, Planet, and Paul G. Allen Philanthropies and the National Geographic Society in collaboration with Dr. Ruth Gates. Together they identified methods to supply unique data to the Atlas. It was designed with the aim of mapping the world’s reefs by December 2020 which will fill the existing data gaps, and therefore aid scientists, NGO’s and lawmakers to make the hard decisions to give coral reefs a chance at survival.

Data MERMAID

The Marine Ecological Research Management AID (MERMAID) is a collaboration between the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), WWF and Sparkgeo. Data MERMAID aims to develop field-ready technology for scientists that can accelerate the transformation of data to decisions to save coral reefs. It is an online-offline web application with a vision to revolutionise how coral reef scientists collect, clean and collaborate with data.

Healthy Reefs

The Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative was launched in 2003 on the premise that healthy reefs are essential to sustaining healthy people. In turn, only when local people are healthy and thriving can they be expected to protect the reefs and other natural resources upon which their livelihoods and quality of life depend.

 

Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is a non-profit environmental science organisation and oceans research foundation which was established to help preserve, protect and restore the world’s oceans and aquatic resources through research, education and outreach. Part of their work includes producing high-resolution coral reef habitat maps of previously unmapped, remote coral reef systems around the world, this includes the World Reef Map, a global, online, interactive map that allows viewers to explore all of the coral reefs they have ever surveyed/mapped.

Reef Base

ReefBase gathers available knowledge about coral reefs into one information repository. It is intended to facilitate analyses and monitoring of coral reef health and the quality of life of reef-dependent people and to support informed decisions about coral reef use and management. ReefBase is the official database of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), as well as the International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN).

 Reef Resilience Network

The Reef Resilience Network is a partnership led by The Nature Conservancy, that is comprised of over 1,500 members. It aims to connect marine resource managers with information, experts, resources, and skill-building opportunities to accelerate and leverage solutions for improved conservation and restoration of coral reefs and reef fisheries around the world. One way it does this is by hosting regular interactive webinars on new management techniques, current events, and publications for coral reef managers and practitioners.