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Posted by The Nature Conservancy in Ocean Views on August 21, 2014.

By Dr. Michael Beck, lead marine scientist, The Nature Conservancy

Location Post: The Gulf of Aqaba. Red Sea reef restoration projects.

Last month, I dove on some amazing reef restoration projects that have helped to transform the Gulf of Aqaba. From reducing effluents of aquaculture and the rebuilding of reef structures, to the eradication of coral predators and the protection of the reef in parks, these reefs were restored to have great benefits ecologically and to meet social and economic objectives – for tourism in particular.These restoration projects highlight the importance of taking linked actions to restore reefs. Most importantly, they highlight a change, challenge and opportunity to embrace a new vision for Social-Ecological Restoration.