Reef Resilience Network Toolkit

Created: 1/23/2014 - Updated: 2/27/2020


The Reef Resilience Network Toolkit provides marine managers and practitioners with easy access to the latest science and strategies and networking opportunities to help them better manage and protect coral reefs, reef fisheries, and associated marine habitats. Created and updated by global experts, the Toolkit features:

  • Synthesized information on science and management tools and techniques
  • Easily searchable summaries of journal articles about reef resilience science
  • Case studies highlighting successful management strategies
  • Webinars on hot topics in marine resource management
  • Free online courses
  • Member-only online discussion forum

The Reef Resilience Toolkit includes six in-depth modules:

Coral Reefs: Provides detailed information about the value of reefs, local and global stressors facing reefs, guidance on reef monitoring and assessments; resilient MPA design, building resilience into management, and communication. It includes case studies on managing for healthy reefs and supporting reef resilience.

Restoration: Learn about the latest methods for propagating branching and massive corals, using artificial structures in coral reef restoration, and guidance for enhancing and sustaining your restoration program.

Reef Fisheries: Focuses on providing the latest science and information on coral reef fisheries. Key topics include stock assessment methods, tools for managing reef fisheries, and surveillance and enforcement systems. Case studies are included that describe management challenges and actions taken, and helpful summaries on the importance of reef fisheries and what can be done to support healthy and sustainable reef fisheries.

Community-Based Climate Adaptation: Includes the latest scientific guidance and tools to help managers assess social and ecological vulnerability to climate change and other stressors and shares approaches to engage communities in assessing and responding to climate impacts. Key topics include: vulnerability assessments, tools for assessing climate vulnerability and adaptation responses, and case studies describing the implementation of community-based vulnerability and adaptation tools, challenges, and actions taken.

Communication: We’ve hand-picked tools and tips for successful communication to help you reach your conservation goals. See the sections for guidance on developing a strategic communication plan; information on how and when to use social marketing; guidance on how to facilitate meetings effectively; and talking points to help communicate effectively about key topics related to our work as marine resource managers.

Blue Carbon: compiles the latest scientific guidance and tools to help managers, researchers, practitioners, and governments understand how blue carbon can be measured and utilized to promote conservation and restoration of coastal ecosystems.


Marine resource managers and practitioners

Reef Resilience Network


The Reef Resilience Network connects marine managers with resources, experts, peers, and skill-building opportunities to improve restoration and accelerate conservation of coral reefs and reef fisheries around the world.


Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Air temperature
Habitat extent
Invasive / non-native species, pests
Ocean acidification
Phenological shifts
Range shifts
Species of concern
Water quality
Water temperature
Type of Tool
Adaptation Planning Frameworks / Toolkits
Communication / Outreach
Data Sources (processing, management, collection)
Habitat/Biome Type
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Capacity Building
Climate Type
Tool Cost