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The future of coral ecosystems

This lesson considers the future of coral ecosystems and reflects on the different steps being taken to mitigate human impact on the reef as well as the work to conserve and restore reefs. This lesson is aimed at GCSE (ages 14-16) students, with older students also able to benefit if they cannot access the later lesson. Reef research and restoration work on Curacao in the southern Caribbean will form the case study for this live lesson. This is the third of three lessons on the coral ecosystem for advanced students.

Broadcast on Thu 19 Nov 2020
  • 45 mins
  • Ages 14-16
Curriculum links

The future of coral reef ecosystems

  • Future prospects for coral reefs
  • How the threats and impacts identified in the previous lesson can be managed and mitigated through sustainable use and management

If this will be the first time that you have taken part in an Encounter Edu live lesson, have a look at the resources in the guidance hub, where you will find technical and educational support.

This live lesson is suited to all students studying the conservation and sustainable management of ecosystems, and of particular relevance to those studying marine ecosystems at GCSE.

Existing lesson resources use previous conservation work on Timor-Leste in the Coral Triangle as the case study, including Lesson 7 from the Coral Oceans Geography | Ages 14-16 unit and Lesson 5 from the Coral Oceans Science | Ages 14-16 unit.

Questions generated by your class can be submitted via the Encounter Live tab in your Encounter Edu profile.

Session steps

1. Introduction (5 mins)

The live lesson will open with a welcome to Coral Live and the base for the live event, the CARMABI research station in the southern Caribbean. The host will give any shout outs to participating schools and students.

2. Meet Valerie (5 mins)

The live lesson will be delivered by Dr Valerie Chamberland, research scientist with SECORE International, who will introduce herself and her work.

3. Mitigating human impact (10 mins)

Valerie will describe some of the efforts being taken both in Curacao and around the world to mitigate the impact of human activity on the coral ecosystem. These include local actions such as those on fishing, coastal development and water quality as well as wider international efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

4. Coral conservation (10 mins)

Valerie will share her work in Curacao on coral restoration as well as discussing the work to create marine protected areas (MPAs).

5. Q&A (15 mins)

The last section allows for classes and students to ask further questions to clarify any of the points covered or to deepen knowledge of other areas of the coral ecosystem.


Coral Live 2018 Jamie Buchanan Dunlop

Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop

Executive Director, Encounter Edu

Speaker Valerie Chamberland

Dr Valérie Chamberland

Coral Reef Ecologist, Research Scientist at SECORE International

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