10-01-2013 | Michael Laterveer gives lecture at IMARES meeting
Photo: J. Craggs

In October 2010 the Dutch nature changed in a spectacular way. The tropical islands Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba were registered as special Dutch municipalities. As an effect, our familiar grasslands, dunes, swamps and forests were suddenly enriched with exotic coral reefs that are numbered among the largest atols of the Caribbean. IMARES - Wageningen UR, one of the leading Dutch research institutes in the field of marine ecosystems, felt the urge to establish a ‘tropical team’. The aim of this team is to contribute to the sustainable management and use of these tropical pearls of biodiversity in an effective way.

At 10 January 2013, IMARES organised the first ‘tropical team day’. The purpose of the meeting was to enable staff members to exchange information about projects, roles and cooperation within the tropical team. Also, in order to develop a strategic plan a vision was defined.

Due to his knowledge of and experience in coral reef rehabilitation projects, Michael Laterveer of Blue Linked was invited to give a lecture about his vision on coral reef rehabilitation and reproduction in the future.