Corals for Conservation

Corals for Conservation (C4C) addresses poverty-driven coral reef decline by developing sustainable, community-appropriate enterprises designed to shift the burden away from over-used and depleted fisheries resources. C4C promotes "coral gardeners" as new profession for resorts, providing employment and added value to the industry while contributing to coral reef conservation and restoration. We recognize that if people and industry are major parts of the problem then they are also major parts of the solution.
Emergency Response to Massive Coral Bleaching
 
Corals are dying on a massive scale due to bleaching caused by hot waters, the third global event in history. In some places >90% of the corals will turn white and die. However a few corals do not bleach even in the hotter water. Unfortunately many of these "genetic treasures" are subsequently killed off by coral predators. The project will involve communities in coral predator removal, the creation of nurseries of resilient corals, and out-planting second generation adapted corals to reefs. project reportread updates from the field
Happy Chickens for Food Security and Environment
 
Rural communities in the South Pacific rely on subsistence farming and fishing for most of their needs. Vanuatu was hit by a severe 185 MPH+ cyclone in March which destroyed nearly everything: 95% of homes, tree crops, community gardens, and local chicken flocks. Last year we hatched five thousand chickens well-adapted to local free-range conditions, and we provided them at cost to communities in Fiji. This year our goal is to produce ten thousand village-adapted chicks for Vanuatu recovery. project reportread updates from the field
Happy Chickens for Fiji Cyclone Disaster Hit Areas
 
Rural communities in Fiji rely on subsistence farming and fishing for most of their needs. Fiji was hit by a severe 190 MPH+ cyclone in March which destroyed nearly everything in villages on Koro Island, Talevu, Ra, and Northern Lau: 95% of homes, tree crops, gardens, and local chicken flocks. Last year we hatched five thousand chickens, well-adapted to local free-range conditions, and we provided them at cost to poor communities. Our goal now is to extend the work into the disaster zone. project reportread updates from the field
Emergency Disaster Relief for Moturiki Fiji
 
A severe condition 5 hurricane plowed through Fiji on 19-20 February, killing at least 42 people and destroying thousands of homes, rendering over 50 thousand people homeless. The community-based coral reef conservation sites on Morutiki Island, where we have worked since 2004 were very badly hit, with 90% of the houses destroyed by fierce winds and a two meter storm surge that swept into the villages. These people have given so much for conservation.... and now they need our help. project reportread updates from the field
 
   

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