Coral reefs are one of most important ecosystems on the planet. They are a cornerstone of life in the ocean, supporting 25% of all marine species. These incredible ecosystems are also a source of food for hundreds of millions of people; they power coastal economies around the world through tourism, fishing, and recreation; and reefs shelter coastlines from storms and erosion.
Sadly, coral reef health is collapsing around the world. As reefs die, these ecological wonders and the critical benefits they provide for people disappear. The threats posed from this crisis – from wildlife loss, to homes underwater, to climate refugees –
matters to everyone everywhere.
Through coastal protection, fisheries, and tourism reefs are economic powerhouses.
Coral reefs protect coasts against storm surges, waves, and erosion.
Coral reefs are one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on earth.
In just the past few decades, we have
lost 50% of coral reefs in every region
Scientists project that due to climate change and direct human impacts, over 90% of reefs will be dead by 2050.
Over 80% of Caribbean corals have perished, with a long history of human impact taking its toll.
Global reef degradation threatens both ecosystem and economic health. If a region's reefs are not revived, coastal residents and properties are more exposed to rising seas and stronger storms, fisheries reliant upon reefs as nurseries face collapse, dive and snorkel tourists will spend their money elsewhere, and the prospect of discovering potentially life-saving
medicines is lost.