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This is a very good proposal with a reasonable budget. As shared earlier, this should be used for re-colonisation along with addressing original stressors that killed the reef in the first place. There is good use of local resources to solve local problems, but not really exceptionally innovative, additional details may be helpful. It fails to mention acidification, so this aspect misses a large aspect. This proposal may have a significant impact though.
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It’s a good idea, though hardly innovative. Artificial reefs could help increasing coral cover in areas where there is a lack of substrate for corals to colonise. They can be of benefit in re-colonisation attempts so long as the original stressors that killed the reef in the first place have been addressed. However, where there is still live coral cover, the investment would be better spent on reef management (protection measures) and reduction of pollution and other stressors that degrade existing reefs. In light of the above, a plan of action needs to be developed as per target sites. The budget is unrealistically conservative. Would suggest that, along with pilot testing, the generated knowledge be developed into a replicable module which includes a management plan.
This is a very exciting proposal that has a specific purpose and significant potential benefits. The proponents describe a project wherein local knowledge is drawn upon to train fishing communities to construct, maintain, and repair artificial reefs that provide protection against climate change impacts. The costs seem appropriate, and the proponents appear to have considerable experience in this domain. I think that this proposal should continue to the next round.
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