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10 Dec Saving the beautiful coral reefs of Koh Tao

Assembling the plant-shaped coral garden statue above waterAssembling the plant-shaped coral garden statue above water

Coral reefs are under threat worldwide, and protecting and restoring coral reefs is of great importance. This is why CoralGardening was set up, an organisation I’m involved with. They want to protect and restore coral reefs, because a healthy coral reef contributes to biodiversity and the preservation of a healthy ecosystem for man and nature. CoralGardening has started a project to restore and build coral reefs on the Thai island of Koh Tao. With the plan in place and the try-out proving effective, they are now turning to crowdfunding to fully realise the project.

Save the reefs before it’s too late

To date, we have already lost about 27% of the reefs on the planet, through a combination of natural and, more importantly, human influences. If the present rate of destruction continues, 60% of the world’s coral reefs will be destroyed in the next 30 years. This not only has a huge negative impact on marine life, but also on the millions of people who depend on coral reefs as a source of food and income. This is why CoralGardening not only wishes to build new coral reefs, but will also set up educational projects in order to show what else can be done to preserve coral reefs.

The flower statue is being assembled under water by divers

The flower statue is being assembled under water by divers

Creating an underwater coral museum

The plan of CoralGardening is to plant corals that will eventually form a coral reef. An important element that makes this coral gardening project different from other projects is the creativity. The corals are not grown in boring structures, but in statues of all shapes and sizes. In a current try-out an enormous plant was created under water with leaves of different materials. The coral is cultivated through a special type of technique called CoralAID. By creating such a sculpture garden, not only life in the ocean will be improved, but also the underwater experience of divers and snorkelers.

Since a while I’m part of the CoralGardening team. I found out about this project via a friend that visited the CoralGardening stand on Sail 2015. I think it’s really cool to be able to work on such a project, and I’m learning a lot. As a diver and soon-to-be marine biologist, saving coral reefs is something that is really important to me. If you’ve also become enthusiastic after reading this article, then please contact CoralGardening to see how you can help!

Crowdfunding

CoralGardening works with Wageningen UR and several Thai partners and is financed through crowdfunding. We are always looking for enthusiastic people that want to help us realise the project. Please keep an eye on the website and Facebook of CoralGardening for more information about our crowdfunding campaigns, or join the Community and sign up for the newsletter. If you have ideas for crowdfunding or questions about the project let me know in the comments!

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WTF fanny

WTF fanny

Biologist (no tree hugging involved), enthusiastic, researcher, studious, creative, witty, the new Jacques Cousteau.
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