Reef Resilience Network Support
Yashika was nominated by her team to participate in a Reef Resilience Training of Trainers (TOT) course to expand her understanding of reef resilience principles and management techniques to aid in the development of the Fiji Reef Resilience Program. The TOT course consisted of a 4-month online course mentored by global and regional coral reef experts, followed by a week-long in-person workshop. During the TOT course, Yashika increased her knowledge of resilient MPA network design and coral disease, received guidance on the Fiji Reef Resilience Program, and acquired valuable information to use when conducing resilience workshops for Fiji LMMA community representatives. In addition, Yashika learned how to develop bleaching response plans, inspiring her to create the framework of a bleaching response plan that is easily adaptable for community representatives to work from and implement in their own district. Yashika left the TOT course equipped with new information and resources on managing for resilience and outlined specific plans to host a workshop for Fiji LMMA partners and community representatives.
After the training, I was able to apply many of the skills I learned from Reef Resilience and hosted a 2-day workshop to share resilience concepts with community representatives who help manage Fiji's Locally Managed Marine Area. I used information directly from the Training of Trainers course for my presentations at the workshops. - Yashika Nand
Successes and Next Steps
After returning from the TOT workshop, Yashika shared information, tools and resources she learned with her team to incorporate into the Fiji Reef Resilience Program. Yashika and her team then hosted a 2-day Reef Resilience workshop for FLMMA partners and community representatives to introduce them to resilience principles and coral disease, train managers in adaptive management, and develop bleaching response plans. As a result, four community representatives developed and implemented bleaching response plans for their districts based on the information and framework they learned from the Fiji Reef Resilience workshop. The workshop provided an introduction to resilience for FLMMA managers in Fiji, initiating a movement to incorporate resilience into management. Participants recognized the importance of sharing this information with other districts who were unable to attend and held additional trainings based on the information they acquired during the Reef Resilience workshops.