WHAT IS THE BLUE CENTER ?
The Blue Center is an initiative set up to expand Coral Guardian’s participatory marine conservation model worldwide. Coral Guardian believes that, in order to have an effective social and environmental impact in today’s ecological crisis, it must urgently share its knowledge and field-based expertise. Blue Center was therefore set-up to aid project leaders address environmental issues in relation to coral reefs.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Anyone involved in the protection of coral reefs can apply to become part of the Blue Center program and thereby attain advice and support from Coral Guardian.
In order to submit an application, you must:
- have a set-up recognized by the local government
- respond to an environmental issue concerning coral reefs
- involve local people in the course of the project
- have a motivated and committed project manager
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The training program includes theory and practice and is based on Coral Guardian’s experience in the field. It aims to expand the international community of marine conservation programs.
STEP 1 : THEORETICAL COURSE
A training manual explains theoretical notions of marine biology and the steps to follow for the development of a local coral reef conservation project.
STEP 2 : PRACTICAL TRAINING
Practical training will take place in various regional training centers. It will be led by a local expert around an already developed coral reef restoration project putting theory into practice and ensuring a certain amount of field experience. At the end of the course there will be a Coral Guardian accreditation award.
WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT WILL I GET ON MY PROJECT?
Future project developers can choose either occasional or regular help: these projects become either ‘consultancy’ projects or ‘core’ projects.
Consultancy projects tackle a specific problem with the full support of Coral Guardian to reach a solution.
Core projects are provided assistance in setting up and getting going. The main objective of these core projects is to turn them into regional training centers. Coral Guardian will provide regular support monitoring documents linked to local environmental and social issues by offering scientific, technical and financial support. Once the project is well established in its local environment, a follow-up will be conducted to verify the correct implementation of Coral Guardian’s recommendations which will ensure the project’s future as well as its progress as a regional training center.