In a global push to protect global marine biodiversity, a growing number of countries have pledged and are taking action to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030, a movement known as ’30×30′.
Area of Impact
Restore degraded habitats
We restore degraded habitats promoting the restoration of habitats like mangrove forests and coral reefs.
In the natural world, life is a collective effort. Our ocean provides a habitat that houses, feeds, and nurtures our marine creatures – supplying the ingredients vital for life on both land and sea to thrive and gracefully assuming the role of the heart of our very own environment.
Each organism’s existence ties itself to another, whether in the food chain or maybe in a symbiotic relationship. Like a metropolitan supporting life’s interactions, a coral reef houses more diverse creatures than any other ecosystem. In fact, 25% of all marine life depends on coral reefs. In Hawaii’s Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument alone, 7,000 species of fish, invertebrates, plants, birds, reptiles, and marine mammals inhabit the reef. These habitats provide food, shelter, a place for reproduction, and a nursery for young– making their existence irreplaceable in maintaining biodiversity in our ocean.
Our ocean’s creatures aren’t the only ones reliant on the coral reef citadels. Over 500 million people depend on the reefs for food, income, or protection. The tourism attracted by lively coral habitats bolsters coastal communities’ economies and generates ample jobs. Additionally, the presence of a reef protects coastlines from incoming storms and erosion. In total, coral reefs provide $375 billion in services every year.
Unfortunately, the sensitivity of corals leaves them vulnerable to our changing climate. Increased storms, temperatures, disease, pollution, sea level rise, and overfishing contribute to coral bleaching. Without the coral reef’s incredible productivity, our ocean rapidly loses biodiversity. However, by investing in the intervention to rebuild degraded habitats, nature’s home bases continue to breathe life into our planet’s species, including humanity.