Impact projects to preserve coral ecosystems

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Coral Guardian
International

The project

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Coral Guardian supports local ocean preservation associations in protecting and restoring coral ecosystems.
30
%
of all marine species depend on reefs
2650
m2
of coral reefs have been fully restored or depolluted
+10
millions
people reached since 2015

Solution

Coral Guardian intends to contribute to a world where coral reefs and their benefits are preserved for biodiversity and for Humankind.

Coral Guardian supports local projects to protect and restore coral ecosystems around the world. The association also raises awareness of the issue among the general public in France and abroad.

REEL project launched in Kenya!
Coral Guardian begins a new long-term collaboration in Kenya!
We're delighted to introduce you to this new project, made possible thanks to your support.

Coral Guardian in Kenya?
Yes! The Kenyan coast and bordered by fringing coral reefs, serving as living and nursery grounds for thousands of marine species.
Many villages and c coastal communities depend on them for food and income.
But unregulated resource use, overfishing and destructive fishing have severely damaged the reef for years, leading to a decline in biodiversity and threatening the incomes of local people.

The project   
The REEL project "Restoring Reef Ecosystems for Enhanced Livelihoods" aims to drive reef regeneration... to the benefit of local people!
Groups of fishermen will be trained and lead the restoration: growing corals in nurseries, transplanting them to artificial reefs, monitoring their growth...
The project also includes massive awareness campaigns and interventions in schools to better understand the issues and enable the implementation of sustainable, community-based management methods.

What makes the REEL project so strong:
  • Its beneficiary-centered approach: a project for local communities, led by them.
  • Its ambition: eventually, to be replicated all along the Kenyan coast!
  • His team: the Oceans Alive association, experts in the management of community-based marine protected areas. 

Your support helps us to strengthen the resilience of communities in the face of climatic and economic shocks. 
Thank you for your trust!; 
REEL project launched in Kenya!
Year 2023 review of the Deep Core project in the Mediterranean
The year 2023 came to a close at Punta de la Mona with some fine advances. In 3 key figures:
- The project cleaned up 92% of the polluted project area: a total of 1,381 kg of underwater waste brought to the surface! They will be recycled to make furniture, thanks to a new circular partnership with a local company;
- 891 corals have been cared for and then transplanted to the seabed to recover the ecosystem, since the project began; 
- More than 8,200 people have been educated locally.
 
Recovery of the area is therefore well underway, with significant progress on depollution. Restoration activities will continue in 2024 and the area to be depolluted will be extended, to bring this effort to other parts of the Marine Protected Area. 

Our Coral Guardian and Coral Soul teams are currently working on priorities for 2024 and seeking funding to continue and extend the project. 

One of this year's objectives will be to work with fishermen in the area, to reduce marine litter at source, and advocacy to strengthen the protection of the area. 

A big thank you to you for your support! 
Year 2023 review of the Deep Core project in the Mediterranean

Recent result

The project has already enabled the cleaning of + 570 kg of underwater waste (from 30 to 50m depth) and the restoration of + 420 damaged corals within 3 nurseries (convalescence zone for damaged corals, where the team cleans and monitors their growth). Over 950 people have also been educated locally.

Goal

Expected impact: 900+ care provided to corals implanted on nurseries, 280 corals replanted on seabeds and 900+ kg of waste removed from seabeds.

The money will be used for

  • Support field projects that regenerate degraded ecosystems 
  • Enable the return of biodiversity to reefs 
  • Support the livelihoods of reef-dependent communities 
  • Raise awareness among the general public about saving our oceans 
  • Launch + 80 initiatives around the world in setting up field projects, on every coast on every continent!
It's very gratifying to see an area restored, after seeing it with broken corals almost dead and lots of accumulated garbage, and once you've cleaned it, the feeling is indescribable. Life returns.
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Marina Palacios
Director of the Deep Core restoration project in the Mediterranean (Coral Soul association)
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