Sunday, November 12th – 14th

Save the date for the event you won’t want to miss! Show your WFCRC support by joining us at the International Coral Summit 2017 as we refocus and double our efforts to resolve the coral reef decline worldwide. It will span over the course of three days on the beautiful island of St.Maarten, packed full of activities from educational excursions to coral planting, all leading up to our First Annual Gala night!
Western Dawn Beach Resort & Spa

Location

St. Maarten is a part of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea. It comprises 2 separate countries, divided between its northern French side, called Saint-Martin, and its southern Dutch side, Sint Maarten. The island is home to busy resort beaches and secluded coves. Please contact us for discounts on accommodations.

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Speakers

Our speakers consist of zoologists, biologists, marine advocates, oceaneers, explorers, and professional divers from around the world. If you have a paper to submit, please e-mail it to vic.ferguson@wfcrc.org and we will get back to you within 24-48 hours. We cannot accommodate all speakers, so please submit your biography and topics as soon as possible.

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Agenda

The International Coral Summit will consist of several workshops over two days, speeches, luncheons, wrapped up with a gala. The Coral Reef Summit in St. Maarten will be a wonderful, laid-back, and unique event and a chance to connect with coral reef conservation representatives from around the world.

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DAY 1

Cocktails, Informational Sharing
Hor d’ouevers
Current status of coral reefs and coastal environments
Introduction to R.E.E.F.S program
Demo the Coral Reef Mapping Tool
State of Conservation Technology

Gender Equality in Conservation
Partnership Goals
Introduce Sea Turtle attraction
Silent Auction & Fundraiser
Entertainment aboard Random Wind vessel

DAY 2

Baby Coral Planting (Age 18 free dive)
Mangrove Planting (Age 15)
Reef sweeping event (Age 18 free dive)
Lunch
Lionfish Derby capture event
Local magistrates presence introduction
Sunset cruise on Random Window vessel (first 12 guests)

DAY3

Open round table discussions
Caribbean Ring of Hope Sites based on Sylvia Earle research
Create zero document to be shared as volunteer commitment to UN sustainable development goals

DAY 4

Enjoy the Island
Casual French cuisine lunch on the beach at Friar’s Bay
Evening Cocktails in the Rain Forest at the Lottern Farm nature reserve
Transportation is provided

DAY 5

Diving around the Island
Discounts provided by participating dive shops
Snorkeling sites to explore
Explore other islands in proximity