Bali recently hosted the launch of a programme designed to reduce and potentially reverse the negative effect of climate change, on coral reefs. The globally inclusive plan will directly address significant coral depletion due to poor fishing practices and pollution. Lead scientists, conservationists and volunteers have set their sights on 50 coral reefs to begin implementing the programme.
In order to select these reefs, intense research and comparisons were conducted to identify regions with reefs already extinguished or in critical condition. A philanthropic coalition of technology pioneers, business magnates and government officials have shown their full support, including Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Tiffany & Co. Foundation.
“When people think of climate change, they often think of extreme heat, severe storms, and raging wildfires. But some of the most disastrous effects of climate change are out of sight – on the ocean floor — and saving the remaining coral reefs is critical,” said Michael R. Bloomberg UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.
“Without coral reefs, we could lose up to a quarter of the world’s marine biodiversity and hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest people would lose their primary source of food and livelihoods.”
The 50 Reefs initiative builds on work accomplished by The Ocean Agency and Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland.