United by Science
Social and ecological studies
The holistic approach of REEFolution requires a good understanding of the ecological, social and economic aspects of coral reef restoration. Healthy corals are important for successful reef restoration, but so are healthy and satisfied coastal communities. This is also reflected in our scientific research, where ecological and socio-economic research are fully integrated. For example, through underwater surveys we monitor how restored reefs help to improve the amount of fish, and through interviews we track how healthier fish communities are utilized and perceived by coastal communities. We believe that such a complete and inclusive approach is best suited to guarantee long-term benefits of coral reef restoration to all involved.
REEFolution co-executes scientific research by a consortium of scientific institutes led by Wageningen University & Research. National and international students and researchers carry out more than 10 scientific studies per year. A few studies are highlighted: