Launching the second phase of coral rehabilitation

Coral reef rehabilitation in Sri Lanka

In 2022, the School Meets the Reef team made its first attempt to engage in coral reef rehabilitation by placing an in situ nursery and three reef balls at the Kalkudah site. These efforts follow continuous monitoring and engagement from the team to ensure that the coral grows optimally.

Here is our latest progress update:

 One of the concrete reef balls with planted Acropora.
Planted Acropora branching corals grown to 2–5 centimeters over the course of a year.
Three juvenile batfish taking shelter under our nursery.
Three reef balls waiting on the beach.
Posing underwater in very low visibility.
A coral polyp.
We finally managed to place all three reef balls underwater with significant effort.
Randil teaches how to carefully apply underwater cement on the reef ball along with the coral nubbin from our nursery.

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The Restoration Stewards program provides funding, mentorship and training to deepen the impact of youth-led restoration projects. The year-long program is run by the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL) and the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) under the banner of Generation Restoration to support and highlight the work of eight young restoration practitioners and their teams in 2023.

During the program, the Restoration Stewards and their teams are  supported to further develop their project and serve as ambassadors at both global and local levels. Globally, the Restoration Stewards share their journeys in a series of vlogs and blogs documenting their stories of inspiration and challenges and participate in different international events to showcase their work. Locally, they are sparking a restoration movement, mobilizing local communities and creating pathways to connect, share, learn, and act for livelihoods and landscapes.