[Coral-List] Reef Check training and survey expedition in Thailand Feb/March 2004
georg.heiss at reefcheck.de
Fri Dec 26 10:49:00 EST 2003
we'd like to draw your attention to the upcoming Reef Check Training
Course and Survey Expedition in the Andaman Sea, West Coast of
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Happy New Year!
Dr. Georg Heiss
Reef Check Europe Coordinator
e-mail: <georg at reefcheck.de>
http://www.reefcheck.de/en | http://www.reefcheck.org |
Reef Check Training Course and Survey Expedition,
Andaman Sea, West Coast of Thailand
Feb 29 to March 12, 2004
Organised by Reef Check Europe in collaboration with Phuket Marine
Biology Center (PMBC) and Europe Conservation Switzerland
Call for Applications
The Reef Check program was founded in 1997 to answer the question:
"What is the health of the world's reefs?" To do this on a global
scale, a simple, rapid monitoring program was designed that relies on
volunteers, trained and led by marine scientists. The goal was to
train volunteers to collect scientifically valid data on reef health,
but the result was more far reaching. By taking part in Reef Check
surveys, divers, businessmen and fishermen alike develop a strong
desire to take better care of reefs.
The Reef Check concept is to create an international network of
regional, national and local volunteer coordinators who are
responsible for Reef Check activities in their area. The coordinators
raise funds, organize media events and match teams of divers with
marine scientists who provide training and lead the teams during the
actual survey. Today, Reef Check surveys have been carried out at
over 1000 reefs in 60 countries and territories. By using the same
method all over the world, Reef Check has been able to track global
trends such as the global effects of over fishing on reefs and the
1998 bleaching and mortality event that devastated reefs throughout
The Reef Check training and survey process targets local community
members and instills in them a strong sense of stewardship while
gaining a basic understanding of coral reef ecology and the
relationship of human activities to reef health. Reef Check training
workshops, supported by UNEP have been successfully carried out in
the Caribbean, Eastern Africa, and South East Asia.
Further information and details on the methods, as well as the
complete instruction manual are available from
The Reef Check programme in collaboration with Phuket Marine Biology
Center (PMBC) and Europe Conservation Switzerland are organising a
"Reef Check Training Course for voluntary coral reef monitoring and
Survey" in the Andaman Sea to be held at PMBC Phuket, in Ao Khoei, Ko
Tachai, and Ko Surin Archipelago.
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
The goal of Part 1 (training course) is to bring together potential
Reef Check team leaders and team scientists from South East Asia and
paying volunteers from any country in order to learn about the coral
reef biology and ecology of the Andaman Sea and how to carry out Reef
The goal of Part 2 (Reef Check surveys) is to jointly carry out Reef
Check surveys in the Andaman Sea after the training course to assess
the current status of coral reefs in this area. Results will be used
for regional coral reef management, be presented at the International
Coral Reef Symposium in Okinawa (July 2004) and will be included in
the next "Global Status Report on Coral Reefs".
Both parts are open to: a) staff of organizations such as government
parks, universities, tourism industry and others from the private
sector and b) volunteers with an interest in coral reef ecology and
conservation. Project partners will select participants from
different backgrounds, including people of low education level as
well as park rangers and university scientists through nomination by
institutions/organizations in the region. Participants will be
trained to carry out the surveys and, in a second step, to train
members of their respective communities. The participants would be
trained, certified as RC team leaders, and become responsible for
activities in their respective areas.
The training will be from March 1st to 6th, followed by Reef Check
surveys of reefs during a cruise in the islands of the Thailand
Andaman Sea (incl.: Ko Tachai, Ko Surin Archipelago, March 8-12).
A maximum of 20 persons will be accepted.
Language of the course: English
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
Due to your experience and track-record within coral reef work in the
region we would hereby like to give you the opportunity to nominate
at least one person from your institution to participate in the
training. It is important to remember that the nominated person
should have the capacity to conduct Reef Check monitoring surveys and
possibly train members of their respective communities/institutions
so as to ensure a continuation of the programme. Nominees should
therefore be in a good position to carry out monitoring surveys and
Swimming and snorkelling (and if possible, diving) skills are necessary.
Selection of a nominee should also take into account the work
experience of the nominee as well as any experience in training
Selection will primarily be based on the information provided by you
in the nomination form (below). The selection process will also try
as to assure a broad span of backgrounds of the trainees.
Total: 1200 Euro for 12 days (if only Part 1: 600 Euro for 6 days)
(Payment is expected in Euros, but for estimation, approximately 1
Euro = US $1.25)
Included in the contributions:
- stay in hotel/ bungalows/ boat/tents.
- food, drinks (alcoholic beverages extra)
- Reef Check training, certificate
- Diving: compressor rental, tank rental, filling
Not included in these 1200 Euro:
- Personal diving equipment.
- Travel to Phuket. Also we cannot give you any information on
airfares to Thailand, as these vary greatly in different countries.
Please consult your travel agency.
Depending on the number of participants, we can offer free
participation for a few candidates from the region, which otherwise
will not be able to attend this course. Please indicate on the
application form whether you would like to apply for assistance.
However, we cannot provide any assistance for travel expenses to Phuket.
Application deadline 31 January 2004
Sending of formal invitation to nominees 7 February 2004
Accepting invitation deadline, downpayment due 12 February 2004
Arrival at Phuket 29 February 2003
Training course Part 1: Reef Check course 1-6 March 2003
Training course Part 2: Reef Check surveys 8-12 March 2003
PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME (subject to change)
Phuket, Thailand. Feb 29 to March 12, 2004
With the collaboration of PMBC - organised by MarinasiaLtd/Ecoswiss
Sunday 29 Feb 2003
afternoon : arrival of participants in Phuket; check-in at Hotel
1900 welcome drinks and dinner
Monday 1st March 2004
0900 breakfast at Hotel, transfer to PMBC
1100 Welcome by The Director, PMBC
1130 Andaman Sea marine life by Dr Supote, Deputy Director PMBC
1230 Questions and answers
1430 Fish of the Andaman sea by Khun Ukkrit
1530 Corals in the Andaman Sea by Khun Niphon PMBC
1630 Introduction to Reef Check and Reef Check Survey Methods
by Dr Georg Heiss, Reef Check Europe
1800 transfer to hotel, free evening
Tuesday 2 March
0900 transfer to Ao Khoei (200 km 3hrs + stop)
1230 arrival in Ao Khoei, lunch (or lunch on the way, some nice places!)
1400 The Andaman Coast, Ao Khoei, Laem Son, Ko Tachai and Surin
Islands Research Area, by Khun Niphon and/or Luca Schueli
1500 check equipment, first RC lessons on beach
time for a swim and allocation of berths
0730 pm dinner at Ao Khoei
Participants will sleep in berths on moored catamarans berths for up
to 20 people, - or tents - with communal services on site or onboard.
Large marquee for lessons and dining. If there are many participants
they may be divided into groups.
Wednesday, 3 March
0730 am breakfast
0830 Reef Check theory and practice on the beach
1300 transfer to Ko Khai by boat, 3 NM; first snorkelling and
training on Reef Check transects
1930 dinner and sleep at Ao Khoei
Thursday, 4 March
0730 Transfer again to Ko Khai (or Ko Ra, 6NM)
1200 packed lunch on beach
1300 RC dives and transects
1800 return to Ao Khoei
Friday, 5 March
0730 transfer on SeaNOMAD catamaran to Laem Son National Park, Ko
Kham Island.15 NM
1000 Reef Check dives and transects
overnight at Ko Kham, Sleep on board and/or on beach and/or at bungalows
Saturday, 6 March
more transects around Ko Kham
1730 return to Ao Khoei
Sunday, 7 March
free day; relax; or dive, tours can be organised to Khao Sok National
Park (Rainforest) or even dives. Preparation of yacht(s) for cruise
Monday 8 March - Thursday 11 March :
730 Ao Khoei: Embark on Namaste and/or SeaNomad Catamarans for Reef
Check transects and surveys on islands incl.: Ko Tachai, Ko Surin
Friday 12 March
1700 return to Ao Khoei
End of Reef Check Training course
Bus transfer to Phuket or Ranong (if booked on Burma Cruise)
APPLICATION / NOMINATION OF PARTICIPANT FORM
Please complete and return to reefcheck2004 at reefcheck.de before 31
January 2004 (only by E-mail).
Contact person (e-mail):
Title (Prof., Dr., Mr., Ms):
Diving experience (certificate, number of dives):
Why have you nominated the participant in question (e.g. experience,
training skills etc.)?
What are the possibilities for this participant to further train others?
Is funding already secured?
Do you apply for free participation?
If yes, please explain on a separate page.
___To your best knowledge the participant/s is/are available for the
workshop and will be able to obtain the necessary passport, visa and
travel funds in time for the March workshop.
For further information contact:
Dr. Georg Heiss
Reef Check Europe
Email: reefcheck2004 at reefcheck.de
Phuket Marine Biological Center
Email: niphonp at hotmail.com
Europe Conservation Switzerland
Kidphadung Rd. Kao Nives,Muang
Email: marinasia2003 at hotmail.com
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