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Managers from the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources Receive Training on Coral Reefs

May 10, 2018

Coral reefs are one of the most valuable ecosystems in the Caribbean. They provide habitat, protection, and food for various marine species. Additionally, they help dissipate the strong waves that could reach our coasts due to extreme events such as hurricanes and storm surges, among others. On the other hand, they offer significant economic benefits and various opportunities for recreation, research, and education. As part of our educational efforts, we engage in various activities to promote the conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal resources.

Soon, the Coral Reef Week will be celebrated in Puerto Rico, and managers from the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources of Puerto Rico (DRNA) will welcome students and teachers interested in learning about this ecosystem to their work areas. For this reason, on Thursday, May 10, 2018, the Sea Grant Program of the University of Puerto Rico, by invitation from the DRNA, conducted training on coral reefs for their resource managers. In this activity, participants were taught the most important concepts about coral reefs and their components. Additionally, various activities were provided that these managers can use to educate students visiting them about this ecosystem and the importance of protecting it.

During the training, several topics were presented, including: what coral is, the types of corals found in Puerto Rico, where they inhabit, what a coral reef is, the types of reefs they form, their importance, the threats they face, what should be done to protect them, and various efforts being made to preserve them. Each topic was accompanied by different activities to help managers effectively convey what they learned. Printed and DVD materials were also provided so that they can reproduce and use them in the activities they carry out in their respective areas. Although participants work in different areas of Puerto Rico and with different resources (e.g., forests, coasts, reservoirs, etc.), they all teach about this ecosystem because everything we do, in one way or another, has repercussions in the sea.

The managers were very pleased, received the training with a lot of interest in learning and applying what they were being taught. They worked hard on the activities to then replicate them with students and teachers. We wish them much success!

We deeply appreciate the staff of the Estuarine Research Reserve of Bahía de Jobos in Guayama, Puerto Rico, who welcomed us to their Visitor Center to carry out the activity, helped us conduct it, and also participated in the training. Thank you for your usual collaboration and commendable work!


May 10, 2018
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Autorizado por la Comisión Estatal de Elecciones CEE-SA-16-893

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