Corals are extraordinary animals, and the reefs they build are one of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on the planet. Today, a startling 75 percent of our coral reefs are threatened or gone. The Coral Reef Alliance has designed an innovative conservation blueprint based on cutting-edge science that promotes coral adaptation within diverse, connected and large networks of healthy reefs. We have already started this project on the Mesoamerican Reef.
We need coral reefs, but they - and the benefits they provide us - are at great risk. Rising sea temperatures and increased ocean acidity caused by climate change leave corals vulnerable. When global stressors combine with local threats such as overfishing, water pollution and development, it severely compromises the ability for corals to grow, reproduce and thrive. Scientists say that without intervention, nearly all reefs will be threatened by 2050.
Making Adaptive Reefscapes a reality requires a blueprint that can be replicated around the world. We will start by developing a regional plan
We unite communities to save coral reefs. The long-term effects include, Clean Water for Reefs: Improved water quality regulations and effective wastewater infrastructure; monitoring plans that promote recycle and reuse water practices. Healthy Fisheries: Builds effective and financially independent Marine Protected Areas. Regional Leadership: Builds alliances between government officials, businesses and NGOs to influence collaborative efforts and shared best practices.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).