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Participants collected data and analysis was made as part of the training workshop.

The University of the South Pacific, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in New Caledonia and French Institute for Pacific Coral Reefs recently organised a four day “Taxonomy, Biology and Ecology of Coral, and Reef Monitoring” training workshop to train 45 participants on coral taxonomy, both in the laboratory and in the field.  

Funded by the French Embassy (Fond Pacifique) and SPC, the workshop aimed to:

- increase capacity at undergrad and postgrad  level  of USP students, government and NGO staff already involved in coral taxonomy and coral reef monitoring, and

- allow participants to learn the different techniques of coral reef monitoring, particularly with regard to recent knowledge on coral taxonomy and recent surveying techniques and data analysis tools.

Project assistant Shirleen Bala said to achieve these objectives, the workshop was split into two parts.

“Seminars were held for the first day at USP-Marine Campus which was meant to provide a knowledge base in coral taxonomy, biology and ecology, and surveys methodology. Field training was also done at Muaivuso Reef for two days and the data collected in the field was analysed after field training,” she said.

According to her the training programme would provide a knowledge base in recent techniques for coral taxonomy, description and monitoring.

Professor David Lecchini from the French Institute for Pacific Coral Reefs at Moorea, French Polynesia coordinated the workshop.

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