CORAL and partners have developed this “Train the Trainers” program for tour guide operators in the Mesoamerican Reef to more effectively educate tourists about coral reefs and how to protect them. The resources below all encompass the Train the Trainers program.
These four Modules cover a number of topics, including reef biology and ecology, the value of coral reefs, the global and local threats they face, what we can do to conserve reefs, and how sustainable tourism can have a major impact. Scroll down to learn about usage and sharing of these presentations.
These videos and their associated PowerPoint presentations are free to download for personal or educational use, with proper attribution (see below). Slides should not be altered without permission of CORAL. The use of this presentation for commercial purposes is not permitted. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions around usage.
Please attribute the presentation with a link to our website coral.org and the following: The presentation was produced by the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) in 2019, in collaboration with NGO and government partners in Cozumel, Roatán, and Belize. Funding was generously provided by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The following handouts are included in the training program and can be used by tourism operators to help educate tourists on the best ways to protect coral reefs.
This set of educational cartoons teaches snorkelers, divers, and boat operators the “do’s and don’t’s” of sustainable coral reef tourism. Please feel free to share this resource.
Coral reefs are among the world’s most spectacular ecosystems. As coral reefs face an increasing number of threats, coral reef visitors can play an important role in helping protect these vulnerable habitats. Follow these simple guidelines to become a “coral friendly” diver/snorkeler.
These accompanying presentations are used when giving the Train the Trainers course to tourism operators, and can also be seen in the videos above.
This first training covers a number of topics, including: reef biology and ecology, the value of coral reefs, the global and local threats they face, what we can do to conserve reefs, and how sustainable tourism can have a major impact.
This second module covers coral reef threats at both the global level and the local level.
Although there are many threats facing coral reefs, and it can feel hopeless at times, there IS hope! People around the globe are waking up to the importance of protecting our natural ecosystems. And tourism, if in managed in a sustainable way, can play a very important role in protecting coral reefs. You are part of this solution.
In Module 4, we will be talking about how you can make a direct and concrete impact on coral reef conservation. As a tourism professional, you have the opportunity to share your ecological and cultural heritage with the world.