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WHY RESTORE CORAL ECOSYSTEMS?

Biodiversity

A habitat for biodiversity

Scientists estimate that coral reefs are home to more than 25% of marine species. Corals are also at the core of the formation of other ecosystems.

Food resource

A food resource

More than 850 million people live within 100 kilometres of coral reefs and are likely to benefit from their ecosystem services. 330 million people directly depend on them. Reefs can yield between 5 and 15 tonnes of fish and shellfish per square kilometre.

Coastal protection

A coastal protection

Reefs only cover 0.2% of the oceans. Yet they protect more than 150,000 kilometres of coastline in more than 100 countries and territories. They can form a barrier that absorbs wave energy and thus help reduce coastal erosion.

Economic importance

Of economic importance

Millions of people around the world depend on reefs for employment. According to an estimate, the total annual net benefit of the world’s coral reefs is $29.8 billion.

Health

A medical future

Coral reefs also contribute to research advancements, in particular by providing interesting possibilities for the treatment of various diseases.

Biodiversity Food resource Coastal protection Economic importance Health
Restored coral reef - Coral Guardian

A habitat for biodiversity

Scientists estimate that coral reefs are home to more than 25% of marine species. Corals are also at the core of the formation of other ecosystems.

Fishing - Coral Guardian

A food resource

More than 850 million people live within 100 kilometres of coral reefs and are likely to benefit from their ecosystem services. 330 million people directly depend on them. Reefs can yield between 5 and 15 tonnes of fish and shellfish per square kilometre.

Seraya Besar - Coral Guardian

A coastal protection

Reefs only cover 0.2% of the oceans. Yet they protect more than 150,000 kilometres of coastline in more than 100 countries and territories. They can form a barrier that absorbs wave energy and thus help reduce coastal erosion.

Fisherman - Coral Guardian

Of economic importance

Millions of people around the world depend on reefs for employment. According to an estimate, the total annual net benefit of the world’s coral reefs is $29.8 billion.

Science - Coral Guardian

A medical future

Coral reefs also contribute to research advancements, in particular by providing interesting possibilities for the treatment of various diseases.

Where we work

Indonesia

Where does it take place?

Pulau Hatamin Coral Sanctuary in collaboration with the local NGO WES: located in the north-west of Flores, next to Komodo National Park in Indonesia; at our request, this area was officially declared “Area of Rehabilitation” in September 2019 by the Indonesian government.


Why is it important to act?

The disruption of the food chain caused by overfishing and dynamite fishing has affected the balance of local, coral ecosystems.


Looking ahead in terms of project evolution

Fishermen will be able to significantly help reduce pressure on marine biodiversity locally. This will result in improved living conditions for these communities through the regeneration of fish stocks.
Spain

Where does it take place?

We are collaborating with the NGO Equilibrio Marino on a project called S.O.S. Corales in the Mediterranean sea, in the region of Punta de la Mona in Spain.


Why is it important to act?

The S.O.S. Corales project responds to the problem of the degradation of the marine environment in Punta de la Mona, linked to an increase in pollution in the Mediterranean sea. The area has a very rich biodiversity: since the 1980s, the Punta de la Mona area has been declared a natural park. However, despite these protective measures, the area is threatened by human activities and the coral ecosystem are damaged. Our mission will involve a seabed clean-up, awareness-raising programs for locals and tourists, as well as actions to restore the coral ecosystems.


Looking ahead in terms of project evolution

By becoming the first participatory marine conservation project involving local communities in the Mediterranean sea, S.O.S. Corales could become a training centre for future coral conservation projects in the Mediterranean region.

France

Where does it take place?

Throughout France, and on a global scale, we are developing awareness programs on the importance of coral reefs.


Why is it important to act?

The ocean is responsible for more than 50% of the oxygen we breathe. Coral reefs, in turn, are home to more than 25% of the world’s marine biodiversity. Even if these ecosystems may seem far from our daily lives, we are all affected and it is vital that we protect them.


Looking ahead in terms of project evolution

Everyone has a role to play in protecting the ocean and its ecosystems. If everyone acts on their own, we can try to solve the ecological and social crisis we are currently going through.

International

Where does it take place?

The Blue Center is an initiative set up to expand Coral Guardian’s participatory marine conservation model worldwide. Anyone involved in the protection of coral reefs can apply to become part of the Blue Center program and thereby attain advice and support from Coral Guardian.


Why is it important to act?

Coral Guardian believes that, in order to have an effective social and environmental impact in today’s ecological crisis, it must urgently share its knowledge and field-based expertise to as many actors as possible.


Looking ahead in terms of project evolution

The Blue Center was therefore set-up to accompany project leaders to help them address environmental issues in relation to coral reefs. Solutions are available and we must act quickly to put them in place.
If you are interested or have any questions, contact us at bluecenter@coralguardian.org.
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Where does it take place?

Pulau Hatamin Coral Sanctuary in collaboration with the local NGO WES: located in the north-west of Flores, next to Komodo National Park in Indonesia; at our request, this area was officially declared “Area of Rehabilitation” in September 2019 by the Indonesian government.


Why is it important to act?

The disruption of the food chain caused by overfishing and dynamite fishing has affected the balance of local, coral ecosystems.


Looking ahead in terms of project evolution

Fishermen will be able to significantly help reduce pressure on marine biodiversity locally. This will result in improved living conditions for these communities through the regeneration of fish stocks.

Where does it take place?

We are collaborating with the NGO Equilibrio Marino on a project called S.O.S. Corales in the Mediterranean sea, in the region of Punta de la Mona in Spain.


Why is it important to act?

The S.O.S. Corales project responds to the problem of the degradation of the marine environment in Punta de la Mona, linked to an increase in pollution in the Mediterranean sea. The area has a very rich biodiversity: since the 1980s, the Punta de la Mona area has been declared a natural park. However, despite these protective measures, the area is threatened by human activities and the coral ecosystem are damaged. Our mission will involve a seabed clean-up, awareness-raising programs for locals and tourists, as well as actions to restore the coral ecosystems.


Looking ahead in terms of project evolution

By becoming the first participatory marine conservation project involving local communities in the Mediterranean sea, S.O.S. Corales could become a training centre for future coral conservation projects in the Mediterranean region.

Where does it take place?

Throughout France, and on a global scale, we are developing awareness programs on the importance of coral reefs.


Why is it important to act?

The ocean is responsible for more than 50% of the oxygen we breathe. Coral reefs, in turn, are home to more than 25% of the world’s marine biodiversity. Even if these ecosystems may seem far from our daily lives, we are all affected and it is vital that we protect them.


Looking ahead in terms of project evolution

Everyone has a role to play in protecting the ocean and its ecosystems. If everyone acts on their own, we can try to solve the ecological and social crisis we are currently going through.

Where does it take place?

The Blue Center is an initiative set up to expand Coral Guardian’s participatory marine conservation model worldwide. Anyone involved in the protection of coral reefs can apply to become part of the Blue Center program and thereby attain advice and support from Coral Guardian.


Why is it important to act?

Coral Guardian believes that, in order to have an effective social and environmental impact in today’s ecological crisis, it must urgently share its knowledge and field-based expertise to as many actors as possible.


Looking ahead in terms of project evolution

The Blue Center was therefore set-up to accompany project leaders to help them address environmental issues in relation to coral reefs. Solutions are available and we must act quickly to put them in place.
If you are interested or have any questions, contact us at bluecenter@coralguardian.org.