Symposium & Workshop ManaCo2019

4-6 December, 2019 - Nouméa, New Caledonia

SEASCAPE GENOMICS : a new tool to support coral reef management



The degradation of the ocean conditions worldwide is threatening the persistence of coral reefs, the most biodiverse ecosystem in our oceans. The future survival of this habitat relies on the capability of corals to adapt to stressful environmental conditions. However, this important aspect is often neglected in conservation strategies. During this symposium (ManaCo, Noumea, 4-6 December 2019), the results of the SABLE project (“A Seascape genomics Approach to improve coral reefs conservation strategies against BLEaching”), supported by the International Reef Initiative (ICRI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), aiming to characterize the adaptive potential of corals in New Caledonia, will be presented.

A dedicated interactive workshop will show how this information can be used to model the future of some reef areas, to optimize the chances of survival of existing protected or unprotected marine areas, or even serve as an additional tool in the choice of new protected areas. ManaCo will gather scientists, decision-makers, managers, technicians and volunteers around the issue of the sustainability of protected areas and will serve as a platform to reproduce the approach on other species of interest such as holothurians or clams as well as in other marine areas.

Keynote speakers

Prof. Madeleine van Oppen

University of Melbourne, Australia

Prof. Nori Satoh

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan

Prof. Anders Meibom

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Suisse

Information contact

Dr. Véronique Berteaux-Lecellier

ENTROPIE, New Caledonia

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