Coral workshops help locals in monitoring work

  • Vava’u workshop also held
Participants at the coral workshop in Nuku’alofa. Photo: ENVIRO NEWS

Nuku’alofa – August 8, 2019: 2.30pm (Enviro News): Two Coral workshops are being held in Tonga this week.

The first one was held at the Bahai Faith Hall in Nuku’alofa on Monday and Tuesday, focused on helping local stakeholders in their work of monitoring coral communities in Tonga.

The second one is being held in Neiafu with the Vava’u Environment Protection Association (VEPA), targeting stakeholders in the Northern island.

Environment staff at the workshop. Photo: ENVIRO NEWS

The National Coral workshops were organized by Department of Environment, through funding from the Italy Ministry of Environment, in partnership with the Fisheries Department and International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Training was conducted by Douglas Fenner from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Participants at the coral workshop in Nuku’alofa. Photo: ENVIRO NEWS

The workshop’s objective is to help build capacities on coral anatomy, biology, ecology, coral extinction and the situation for corals and also the 3 tools to deal with it.

The tools are the IUCN Red List, CITES and the US Endangered Species Act.

Participants include partners from government, non government organisations and technical agencies.

A presentation at the event confirms that there is coral bleaching in some of the SMA areas surveyed with ocean acidification also a threat.

The Department of Environment says the workshop is timely as the Marine Spatial Plan process is currently being done in country.

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