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Empowering Conservation Through Effective Data Management: RRI Marine Data Workshop

We're thrilled to announce that the University of Belize Environmental Research Institute (UBERI) successfully hosted a Marine Data Management Workshop from November 13th to 14th, at the University of Belize Conference Centre, as a pivotal component of our Reef Resilience Initiative project. With the participation of over 30 individuals representing 15 different organizations, the workshop was designed to empower marine researchers and conservationists with the essential skills required to proficiently handle marine data, spanning from field data collection to analysis.

During the workshop, participants gained invaluable insights into data management methodologies, creating effective data sheets, structuring readable datasets and utilising tools such as R and RStudio. Recognizing the paramount importance of quality data and effective data management in informed decision-making, crucial for the preservation of our precious marine ecosystems.

We appreciate the dedication demonstrated by all the participants, organizers, and supporters, who collectively contributed to the success of this event. Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to the Reef Resilience Initiative, the Coastal Zone Management Authority & Institute for supporting the project; Workshop instructor, Dr Donald McKnight from the Savanna Field Station, UBERI's Jess Boles for facilitating and organising the workshop; and all the participants from the Belize Audubon Society, the Belize Department of the Environment (DOE), Fishers4Science, Fragments of Hope Belize, Healthy Reefs for Healthy People, the Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development in Belize, Galen University, the Belize Southern Environmental Association, the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE), the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association, the Tobacco Caye Marine Station, and the University of Belize.

Together, we are dedicated to forging a brighter and healthier future for our beloved reefs.



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