Development of a Coral Reef Restoration Framework: A Maldivian Case Study

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2012-04-27

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Kovacs, Kaitlin

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Vidra, Rebecca L.

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The observed coral reef decline has prompted alternative protection measures beyond traditional conservation efforts. Restoration can be used to reverse reef degradation and has been practiced around the world, particularly in developing countries where livelihoods rely on the ecosystems, such as the Maldives. As an atoll nation with more oceanic territory than terrestrial territory, the country’s vulnerability to increased development and unprecedented environmental changes requires effective coral reef management. A literature review was conducted to develop a restoration framework, based on common coral reef restoration practices, which can be used by Maldivian reef managers and others to prioritize restoration methods and to involve team members from several sectors. Specifically, the framework can be used by the Maldives to support inclusion of passive restoration options, sector integration, and local engagement to promote the country’s efforts in coral reef protection.

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Kovacs, Kaitlin (2012). Development of a Coral Reef Restoration Framework: A Maldivian Case Study. Master's project, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/5332.


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