[Coral-List] European Coral Reef Symposium session 19 invitation
banaszak at cmarl.unam.mx
Wed May 24 13:33:29 EDT 2017
We invite you to consider submitting an abstract to session number*19.
CORAL REEF RESTORATION: LONG-TERM STUDIES, RECENT ADVANCES AND SCALING
UP TO MEANINGFUL ECOLOGICAL SCALES* to be held at the International
Society for Reef Studies sponsored European Coral Reef Symposium, from
13th to 15th December 2017 at the University of Oxford, UK.
*Session 19 abstract:*
Current restoration techniques can only be applied at scales that are
too small (m2) to address the rate and geographic extent of coral reef
degradation (hectares). Initially, restoration practices were designed
to remediate acute, local disturbances such as ship groundings, and
commonly made use of “fragments of opportunity” collected at the site of
the disturbance. The methods used were thus suitable to assist the
recovery of relatively small areas only. Progressively, reef restoration
practitioners have sought to respond to coral reef degradation at larger
scales to slow down the loss of essential ecosystem functions and
services provided by coral reefs. Concurrently, the importance of
incorporating sexual propagation has been recognized to maintain or
increase genetic diversity, and thus promote gene flow and connectivity
between populations. Sexual propagation techniques may eventually be
used to carry out assisted evolution within well-managed areas. The aim
of this session is to foster information exchange between coral
restoration scientists, practitioners and managers, and to share recent
advances in active coral restoration, particularly on a large scale.
This session will include studies that have collected multi-year
follow-up data to measure the outcome of fragment and sexual recruit
propagation techniques, as well as studies that tackle the challenge of
scaling up to restore large areas. It is expected that the session will
serve to motivate future practices and research that help to advance the
practice of coral reef restoration.
*Dates:*13^th – 15^th December, 2017
*Location:*Examination Schools, Oxford
Conference details and programme:
Online submissions for oral or poster presentations are open until 30th
June 2017: http://www.reefconservationuk.co.uk/abstract-submission.html
*Registration: *Early registration closes on 15^th September, standard
registration closes on 13^th October.
We look forward to receiving your submission to this exciting meeting
and to seeing you in Oxford in December!
Anastazia T. Banaszak
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