Thematic school

Reef heritage vulnerability

Seychelles, 2024, June 10-14th

Mayotte reefs © IRD - Pascale Chabanet 

The DIDEM project and Monaco Explorations are pleased to announce a regional thematic school dealing with coral reef heritage vulnerability that will be held in Seychelles in June 2024 to provide doctoral and post-doctoral scientists, coral reef managers, NGO experts the opportunity to share experiences, knowledge and methods and to be a part of an engaging learning environment.

Location of the school: James Michel Blue Economy Research Institute, UniSey campus in Anse Royale, Seychelles

Dates: June 10 to 14, 2024

Number of participants: 30

Language: English

Theme: vulnerability of reef heritage

Public: Students and scientists with a multidisciplinary approach given priority, coral reef managers, NGO experts of the Western Indian Ocean region motivated by an experience that goes beyond disciplinary boundaries.

Coral reef @ IRD-Pascale Chabanet


The main aim is to compare the different knowledge, representations and ways from different disciplines about a) assessing the resilience of reef ecosystem; b) considering coral reef as a natural heritage, c) building a coral social-ecological system. Following an integrated approach, bridging the final goal is to put coral reef heritage as a cross cutting body of analysis and management.    

This thematic school will explore the concepts of resilience, vulnerability, heritage and social-ecological system from the perspective of sustainability science. It includes a section of presentations offered by various experts in the fields of anthropology, biology, ecology, fisheries, geography, governance, socio-economics in order to present the state of the art and lay common theoretical and methodological foundations, introduce fieldwork and initiate debate.

A critical component is offering a hands-on experience, carried out on the ground field in small interdisciplinary groups, where participants from different backgrounds and skills are encouraged to apply methodologies from different disciplines to promote exchanges (ethnographic surveys, fisheries system approach, monitoring of coral reef habitats and populations, social representation analysis, …).

This school is organized in partnership with :