Join us on an inspiring journey with Samara Polwatta, the 2023 Oceans Restoration Steward, as she shares her vision for Earth.
Samara Polwatta is a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia under the Institute of Fisheries and Oceans. She hopes to conduct her research in Sri Lanka looking at the impacts of bottom trawling and fisheries management.
Samara and her team were recently awarded the title of best nature-based solution by the Wageningen University Student Challenge for their project “School meets the reef.” They engaged in rehabilitation of the coral reef on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka using reef balls and under water nursery. Along with restoration, she also conducted several school programs for secondary school children on the importance of coastal ecosystems and restoration practices.