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While coral reefs become increasingly degraded, new techniques are increasingly needed to assist reefs in recovering and adapting to changing environmental conditions. The urgent motivation to sustain coral reefs has fueled a building momentum to restore and rebuild reefs, with increasing numbers of projects, research studies, and investments. Coral reef restoration is a burgeoning new field with much potential, and the authors of this Guide are excited to contribute to this global effort. As a global community of managers, scientists, restoration practitioners, and stakeholders embarking on the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021- 2030), we must thoughtfully implement coral reef restoration projects, monitor and evaluate success, and share lessons learned in order to leverage and expand our collective knowledge. A Manager’s Guide to Coral Reef Restoration Planning and Design supports these needs by providing a six-step, adaptive management planning process to assist managers in setting and meeting their restoration goals.

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