RESCQ    Restoration of Ecosystem Services and Coral Reef Quality


Brief Description:
The project will restore Elkhorn (Acropora palmata) and Staghorn (A. cervicornis) coral reef zones by establishing a coral nursery on each of the four islands to grow coral fragment and transplantation at selected restoration sites. Genotyping and monitoring of the resilience of coral fragments will be used to maintain genetic diversity within the restored colonies and ensure that the most resilient fragments are transplanted to the restoration sites. Establishing multiple small, genetically diverse populations that will, in time, become sexually reproductive can contribute to species recovery, especially in areas of significant parent population declines. A practical manual for coral reef restoration will be developed to enable the approach to be replicated throughout the region. The project will work to ensure that the nursery facilitates established on each of the islands are self-sufficient and thus able to continue the work started by the project. This is a BEST 2 initiative project.

El proyecto restaurará las zonas de arrecifes de coral cuerno de alce (Acropora palmata) y cuerno de ciervo (A. cervicornis) mediante el establecimiento de un vivero de coral en cada una de las cuatro islas para hacer crecer fragmentos de coral y trasplantarlas a los sitios de restauración seleccionados. Se utilizará el genotipo y el monitoreo de la resiliencia de los fragmentos de coral para mantener la diversidad genética dentro de las colonias restauradas y garantizar que los fragmentos más resilientes se trasplanten a los sitios de restauración. El establecimiento de múltiples poblaciones pequeñas, genéticamente diversas que, con el tiempo, se volverán sexualmente reproductivas puede contribuir a la recuperación de las especies, especialmente en áreas de disminución significativa de la población de padres. Se desarrollará un manual práctico para la restauración de los arrecifes de coral que permita replicar el enfoque en toda la región. El proyecto trabajará para garantizar que las instalaciones de vivero establecidas en cada una de las islas sean autosuficientes y, por lo tanto, puedan continuar el trabajo iniciado por el proyecto. Este es un proyecto de iniciativa BEST 2.
Lead Organization : WUR
Donor: European Commission Directorate General for International Cooperation (DG-DEVCO)
Project ID:
Geographic Scope: Multicountry (regional)
Project Status: Completed
   Last Update: 11/01/2021

Start Date: 2016-01-05
End Date: 2019-01-05
Project Profile Manager: Erik Meesters
Contact Email: Erik.Meesters@wur.nl
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Partners: Nature Foundation St. Maarten; Saba Conservation Foundation; St. Eustatius National Parks; Turks & Caicos Reef Fund
Grant (USD): $436,749.00
Total co-financing (USD): $43,823.00
(Co) financing not originating from GEF:
Participating Country(s):
 Saba  Sint Eustatius  Sint Marteen  Turks and Caicos Islands
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