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Global Coral Restoration

One of the world's most ambitious coral recovery projects to reverse coral dieback worldwide.

The need

From passive protection to active intervention

Coral reefs are the first ecosystem threatened by functional extinction. An ocean without functioning coral reefs is unthinkable and therefore unacceptable, as one in four species in the ocean depends on healthy reefs, as does the direct livelihood of more than 500 million people worldwide.

It is time to turn the tide, and to do so before the window of opportunity for action is closed. This will require a historic, globally coordinated effort to move from passive conservation and management to active intervention. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and other passive conservation measures, which have already protected about 46% of tropical coral reefs, will be unable to prevent coral bleaching in the face of projected temperature extremes.  While MPAs are absolutely essential, they cannot stop the ocean heat waves being driven by climate change.

Important Facts:

The livelihoods of 500 million people depend on them directly
The economic and environmental benefit is 12,7 trillion USD each year
The tourism related to coral reefs accounts to 36 billion USD each year
If we protect and rebuild coral reefs, we can lower the number of people affected by flooding by 45% per year
Reduce expected storm damages by more than 4 billion USD per year
Corals support at least 25% of all marine species
Coral restoration projects have never been undertaken on a large scale with long-term goals because they are among the most expensive and least successful of projects.

Restoring the world’s tropical coral reefs is therefore a grand challenge that requires large-scale systems thinking with a long-term vision, innovation in methods, technology, and science, and local community leadership to succeed. 

THE OCEAN US FIBONACCI GOAL 1​

Restore 9 million m2 of degraded tropical coral reefs, leverage €1 billion in investments, and reach 500 million people worldwide by 2030

The initial goal of restoring at least 9,000,000 m2 and preventing the loss of more than 8,000,000 m2 is only the first step in the Fibonacci sequence, representing about 1% of the global target set by the Kunming–Montreal Biodiversity Framework. In this stage we advance science and technology to reduce the cost and increase the resistance of restored coral reefs in order to begin the exponential increase in recovery. This first goal is already about nine times larger than the largest project to date, such as the Indonesia Coral Garden Initiative, which implemented 750,000 m2 of coral restoration in Bali funded by a COVID economic relief package. And this is just the beginning.
Fibonachi spiral

The Ocean us Fibonacci goal 1 per unit

Blue Unit

Rebuilding Marine Life

Restoring up to 9,000,000 m2 of degraded tropical coral reefs by 2030

Brown Unit

Building an Ocean Positive Economy

Enabling investments in coral recovery of up to 1 billion EUR by 2030

Green Unit

Creating Marine Consciousness and New Blue Culture

Reconnecting more than 500 million people worldwide to coral reefs by 2030

The Work PLan

A transformative plan for industrial-scale coral restoration worldwide

Ocean us has recognized that we have no other choice but to break through our current boundaries and mindsets and make it possible to save the coral reefs worldwide that are needed for a fully functioning ocean ecosystem. That is why Ocean us has developed a work plan for transformational change to implement industrial-scale coral reef restoration across the world.
The Ocean us work plan represents a sustained focus on transforming the maj

The Stages of the Ocean us Fibonacci Goal 1
Stages

Science & Technology

Advance, test, and upscale:

  • Highly effective restoration methods that increase coral resistance to temperature extremes, improve productive activity and recruitment, and foster genetic diversity and resilience.
  • Coral aquaculture and low-cost, efficient ocean-based nursery solutions.
  • Automation technology like robots, underwater drones for coral planting and monitoring.

Local communities

Empower, improve, and upscale:

  • Coral restoration efforts of local & indigenous communities.

New coral economy of the first sustainable generation

For immediate global impact, Ocean us empowers local communities and indigenous peoples in their coral restoration efforts, traditions, and knowledge. Most ecologically rich reefs are located in low-income countries, where capacity building in coral restoration is most needed for the ocean and the people.

To learn more about Global Coral Restoration, download the Mission Framework

Ocean us is building a network of implementation hubs around the globe. Potential partners have been pre-selected and will begin work this year.

Country pre-selection to upscale and improve rebuilding
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