Update: 7:15PM BUILDING capacity for coral reef management strengthens the foundations for sustainable development in countries where coral reefs are key to human well-being, says University of the South Pacific scientific officer Tomasi Tikoibau.
Mr Tikoibau who works under the university’s Institute of Applied Science (IAS) returned from a coral reef management workshop in Australia with the hope of empowering community members to be strong stalwarts of managing their coral reefs.
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He said the program gave him the opportunity to learn from a good number of marine scientists in Australia and from other participants on the implementation of various coral reef management tools.
“Healthy coral reefs sustain the tourism and fisheries industry which contributes to the region’s GDP annually,” he said in a statement.
“With the health of coral reefs being endangered throughout the world, sharing experiences and lessons learnt while implementing gained knowledge minimises these threats.”
The training comprised of two courses – high-level leadership for marine resources managers and excellence in reef management – where different interactive modes of learning ranging from field activities to indoor training and presentation were employed.
It included morning health exercises and spending a week at the James Cook University’s Orpheus Island Research Station.
The participants also visited and snorkelled at the John Brewer site of the Great Barrier Reef.
Mr Tikoibua’s participation was funded by the Australian government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, along with participants from the Caribbean, Indian and Pacific regions.