Coral reef restoration numbers so far
CO2 Carbon Capture
On land biodiversity
Why coral reef restoration
Some refer to coral reefs as the “rainforests of the ocean” because of their importance to marine ecosystems. Even though coral reefs make up only one-tenth of the ocean, 25% of all known marine species live there. According to the World Resources Institute, coral reefs generate about $1.6 billion for the Indonesian economy yearly.
However, increased global warming, ocean acidification and over-fishing are causing a decline in coral reefs across the world. This may lead to irreversible damage to the marine ecosystems that so many species, including humans, depend on.
Why support Livingseas’ coral reef restoration projects
Livingseas is building a thriving coral reef ecosystem by constructing, installing, and monitoring coral reef stars. These coral reef stars are made with biodegradable materials and each of them hosts 18 baby corals.
Livingseas’ operations are guided by these 3 principles:
- A portion of funds per coral goes to supporting a local, women-first marine conservation fellowship program.
- Uses the latest marine knowledge to determine the best coral species to plant, and where to plant them.
- Planting corals decreases coastal hazards and increases fisheries. It also supports local jobs in the tourism industry.
Why restoring coral reefs matters
About 40% of the world’s population lives within 100 kilometres of the coast facing the increased risk of coastal hazards – stormwater, tidal waves, tsunamis etc – due to the effects of global warming. Coral reef restoration projects can protect humans from these risks by reducing wave energy by 97%. In addition, about 25% of all marine life are dependent on coral reefs at some point in their life cycle.
Livingseas’ main project is situated in Padangbai. The coral population in this area has declined drastically and the coast faces an increased storm risk. Coral reefs are necessary to maintain an ecosystem that sustains local tourism and fisheries.
Livingseas also runs a quarterly fellowship program which provides training to members of the local community which guarantees their involvement in maintaining the coral reefs for the long term.
Leon has been a diver for over 15 years and travelled all over the world to do what he loves. He started learning about corals by joining other projects in 2009. However, it was in 2015 in Bali that he decided to start developing the Livingseas project. Leon has been recognized as a local hero thanks to his work with coral restoration projects.
Albert moved to Bali to become a dive professional at Livingseas. He has been involved with Livingseas’ work in coral regeneration since 2019.
Celine is a Marine science undergraduate student at Udayana University, Bali. For her, Livingseas is the first door of opportunity in learning about marine conservation. Her personal mission is to become a presenter for a National Geographic show on Coralogy after building expertise with Livingseas.
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