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Plant baby corals with Livingseas

Livingseas aims to build a thriving marine coral reef ecosystem and train a local community that can maintain it for the long term. To do this, Livingseas constructs, installs, and monitors coral reef stars — manmade structures made with biodegradable materials — each of which hosts 18 baby corals.

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Since Dec 2022

Project Location

Project Stats

  • CO2 Carbon Capture

  • 60
  • On land biodiversity

  • 80
  • Underwater biodiversity

  • 90
  • Social Impact

  • 60
  • Gender equality

  • 60

Why it matters locally

This project is situated near the famous Blue Lagoon beach in Padangbai, Bali, the cool and clear waters in the region provide an excellent location for coral regeneration. Coral reefs are critical for maintaining ocean ecosystem vitality to sustain tourism and fisheries in Padangbai.

Loss of coral in the area has also eroded the shoreline and increased risk from stormwater. Livingseas will be populating this shoreline area with more than 10000 coral fragments. Coral fragments are placed in man-made star structures made with biodegradable materials.

Constructed by the Livingseas staff and fellows, these stars provide protection to coral fragments against changes in ocean currents and a stable substrate with continual lateral flow of water. The reef stars, specifically, compared to alternatives like planting bottles, have shown a higher rate of survival and accelerated growth. Bamboo tags attached to each star allow the Livingseas team to monitor the growth of installed coral reefs for upto a year.

Why problem matters outside of community

Coral reefs, dubbed the “rainforests of the ocean”, perform myriad critical functions in sustaining marine ecosystems. Globally, while populating merely one-tenth of the ocean, coral reefs are the home to 25% of all known marine life.

The World Resources Institute estimates that coral reefs add $1.6 billion in goods and services, from tourism to fisheries, to the Indonesian economy every year. Yet, due to increased warming, ocean acidification, and over-fishing, coral reefs are under rapid decline. Loss of coral reefs may cause irrevocable damage to the ocean ecosystem on which numerous people and non-human species depend on for their survival.

For the nearly 40% of the world’s population who live within 100 kilometres of the coast, risk from coastal hazards – stormwater, tsunamis, high tidal waves – is severe and exacerbated by global warming induced changes in the hydrological cycle. Coral reefs are an opportune investment in mitigating these risk.

Project Managers

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Leon Boey

Director

I’ve been diving for over 15 years, and travelled all over the world to dive. The destruction of the reef is real, having seen it with my own eyes. And without any intervention, the reef does not grow back over time. As the corals die, so does all the fish and marine life that live on and around the reef, rendering the seabed a dead and desolate space. This was how my interest in coral restoration started.

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Albert Tamin

I moved to Bali to become a dive professional at Livingseas. I have been involved with Livingseas’ conservation work in coral regeneration since 2019. I work at Livingseas because I love the ocean and find contentment in helping people experience a new world – like the ocean and marine life – for them. I hope people will realise the importance of corals to our lives and join our mission to revitalise and regenerate coral reefs.

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Celine

I am a Marine science undergraduate student at Udayana University, Bali and passionate about science, especially biology. I see Livingseas as my first door of opportunity in learning about marine conservation. Excited about a career in conservation, my mission is to become a presenter for a National Geographic show on Coralogy after building an expertise with Livingseas.

Benefits

Planting and nursery work is supported by expert foresters and a large contingent of local women’s groups.

Pre and post-project data is collected and will be published for open-access public review.

Mangrove restoration will ensure long-term livelihoods for local silvofishery businesses, thereby discouraging deforestation.

The Sustainable Development Goals

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Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

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Conserve and sustainably use the oceans and marine resources

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Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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Conserve and sustainably use the oceans and marine resources

Verification

Our methodology is backed by strong science. We use proven algorithms for carbon calculations, and track impact where possible with remote sensing and machine learning.

With our science partners, Global Mangrove Trust and Kumi Analytics, we’re working at the cutting edge of how to measure carbon absorption from space, driving change to make sustainability finance accessible to the humblest communities.

Every X months, a quantified verification report of the impact will be made publicly accessible, making all impact claims evidence-based and scientifically valid.

Financial Transparency

Our methodology is backed by strong science. We use proven algorithms for carbon calculations, and track impact where possible with remote sensing and machine learning.

With our science partners, Global Mangrove Trust and Kumi Analytics, we’re working at the cutting edge of how to measure carbon absorption from space, driving change to make sustainability finance accessible to the humblest communities.

Every X months, a quantified verification report of the impact will be made publicly accessible, making all impact claims evidence-based and scientifically valid.

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