The KAUST Reefscape Restoration Initiative is a large-scale coral reef restoration program in the Red Sea in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), begun in 2021 and funded by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), a world- class graduate research university in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea north of Jeddah, in partnership with NEOM, a region in northwest Saudi Arabia that is being sustainably developed from the ground up with the world’s most advanced technologies to redefine how people live, work, and play.
The combined strengths of KAUST and NEOM provide the research infrastructure, specialized tools and tactical support needed to advance the project to scale.
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– Development Nursery: Develop a pilot Nursery which will be used to test and trial various technologies and techniques that fast-track the growing of corals and streamline the operations of the primary nursery when opened.
Initiative major elements
Reefscape Restoration Stream Vision
Reefscape Restoration Stream
This stream is designed for those interested in coral reef conservation. The training will take place in NEOM and KAUST.
Degree: BA or MA in Ecology | Biodiversity | Biology | Marine Biology | Maritime Studies | Microbiology | Zoology | Marine Science | Bioscience
GPA: 3.4/4 – 4.25/5
If you are interested in supporting both the Kingdom and NEOM in protecting the Red Sea Marine environments, and playing a meaningful and impactful role in achieving sustainability goals of vision 2030, this stream is for you.
The Reefscape Restoration Elevate Trainee will work in multiple rotations under the supervision of the KRRI team, with the responsibility of achieving specific tasks in each rotation. Throughout their journey, trainees will participate in a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:
- 20% Theoretical training online or in-person.
- Obtaining an advanced diving license to conduct the fieldwork.
- Hands-on training on the coral nursery (ex-situ land-based/in-situ structures) setup, management, monitoring & maintenance, coral pruning, coral propagation, and reporting.
- Collecting and analyzing of data/imagery to feed the marine digital twin.
Program Duration: 12 Months
The program Qualifications:
- Saudi who graduated, between 2020 and 2023
- At least two years of recent diving and snorkeling experience (preferable)