Coral Restoration Consortium Governance Document
(Accepted January 2018, revisions May 2019)
This governance document was created to develop an internal structure for the Coral Restoration Consortium. It will be reviewed every two years. This updated document, finalized MAY SIXTEENTH 2019, will be reviewed one year later to assess the success of structural changes and will be edited as needed according to that feedback.
In response to rapidly deteriorating climate, land, and ocean conditions and the concomitant expansion of active coral restoration, the Coral Restoration Consortium has been created as a coordinating body that seeks to disseminate best practices, foster technological innovation, and identify and help to address key research gaps. All actions are intended to improve the efficiency with which coral reefs are restored such that reef ecosystems can protect coastlines, foster fisheries, serve as the basis for many economies, and be enjoyed for their diversity by future generations.
The Coral Restoration Consortium’s mission is to foster collaboration and technology transfer among coral restoration scientists, practitioners, and managers, and to facilitate a community of practice that will advance the multiple, rapidly changing methods to actively restore coral reefs such that reef restoration keeps pace with rapidly changing ocean, climate, and environmental conditions.
The Coral Restoration Consortium is driven by action and results. We believe that through innovation, open access to data and education, and a collaborative, coordinated approach, we can provide goal setting and supporting resources to restore coral reefs in an ecologically meaningful manner to help ensure their sustainability for future generations. We act with honesty, respect, and integrity at all times, promoting inclusion and diverse opinions, while focused exclusively on achieving the Consortium’s mission above personal agendas (see Attachment A – Coral Restoration Consortium – Code of Ethics) . Our decisions are fact-based, and we work to promote a positive, collaborative environment that fosters teamwork and information sharing.
The mission of the CRC is to foster collaboration and technology transfer among coral restoration scientists, practitioners, and managers, and to facilitate a community of practice that will advance coral restoration to keep pace with rapidly changing ocean and environmental conditions.