The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) is a non-profit, environmental NGO that is on a mission to save the world’s coral reefs. Share Share Tweet Email. Recognised for their ability to deliver fast, cost-effective and productive communications and campaigning, they are particularly valued for their strategic contribution based on a sound understanding of the issues, the political landscape within which the issues exist and a creative approach to bringing about change (www.communicationsinc.co.uk). Over the past three years alone, coral reefs around the world, notably Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and in Hawaii, have seen up to half their living coral damaged or destroyed through mass bleaching. The third Global Coral Bleaching Event, which has lasted longer than both the previous two events combined, is showing no sign of ending. Transparency is the structure by which such regional cooperation is held together, as seen in Latin America. Across his membership and operational roles, Jon has 15 years of experience leading organizations. Recognised for their ability to deliver fast, cost-effective and productive communications and campaigning, they are particularly valued for their strategic contribution based on a sound understanding of the issues, the political landscape within which the issues exist and a creative approach to bringing about change. All donations to Ocean Unite are tax-deductible in accordance with applicable law. From Media Release by Bloomberg Philanthropies — February 23, 2017 ‘50 Reefs’ Initiative Seeks to Protect Critical Ecosystem Threatened by Climate Change, Preventing Economic, Human Health& Environmental Disaster Maybe we should cryofreeze everything with an automatic release back into the biosphere after humans have gone extinct! 50 Reefs will be the first global plan to save the most biodiverse ecosystem on the planet. Today, it ranks 33rd in size and is considered an endangered World Heritage Site. We are rapidly losing this vital ecosystem, an ecosystem that supports a quarter of all marine life and half a billion people who rely on it for food and livelihoods. It will be the first such global report to be released in 12 years and is planned for early 2021. Safiya was also the project coordinator for the UN Office of Project Services providing strategic support towards the 2020 Our Oceans Conference. Its first major project was the XL Catlin Seaview Survey (also a partnership with the Global Change Institute), which has become the most comprehensive global survey of coral reefs ever conducted, revolutionizing the speed, efficiency and cost of coral reef monitoring at scale. But some of the most disastrous effects of climate change are out of sight – on the ocean floor. The initiative, called 50 Reefs, brings together leading ocean, climate and marine scientists as well as conservation practitioners from around the world to develop a list of the 50 most critical coral reefs to protect. The Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, was established in 2010 as an independent source of game-changing research, ideas and advice for addressing the challenges of global change. As the ocean continues to rapidly warm, coral reefs are dying at an unprecedented rate. ‘50 Reefs’ Initiative Seeks to Protect Critical Ecosystem Threatened by Climate Change, Preventing Economic, Human Health & Environmental Disaster, Data-Driven Approach Led by Bloomberg Philanthropies with The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. 1°C might not sound like a lot, but to put it into perspective, imagine your internal body temperature increasing by that amount and never dropping back to normal. “What we don’t yet know – the data gap leading scientists are seeking to fill through this initiative – are exactly where to focus critical conservation efforts to ensure the long-term survival of coral reef habitats.”. Jon has truly carved out an expertise helping organizations launch and run internal operations in an efficient and effective manner using digital tools. The Ocean Agency is the only team to have ever traveled around the world to record and reveal a global bleaching event (the imagery taken with their specially developed cameras has appeared in virtually every major news publication.) EIN: 83-3580499. Jon Bassford, CAE, JD, MBA is an association and nonprofit operations professional. The list will be announced in late 2017 and represent a diverse portfolio of reefs to maximize returns for biodiversity, ecosystems and people. What is happening underwater is still very much “out of sight, out of mind” – we more easily associate climate issues with what we can see on land. This is the project behind all the underwater imagery in Google Street View. The project, Mission: Iconic Reefs, calls for restoring nearly three million square feet of the Florida Reef Tract, about the size of 52 football fields, one of the largest strategies ever proposed in the field of coral restoration.Over the next year and beyond, NOAA will support this effort and work with outside partners to secure additional public and private funds. A global plan to save coral reefs. The Foundation embarked on the Global Reef Expedition and nearly circumnavigated the globe studying coral reef health and resiliency. “When people think of climate change, they often think of extreme heat, severe storms, and raging wildfires. It is at the heart of the Coral Triangle and the epicenter of coral biodiversity. Yet the reefs are a key source of food, income and coastal protection for around 500 million people worldwide. She has degrees from California State University, San Bernardino, and Temple University in Philadelphia, and recently relocated from Washington, DC, to the California coast. Ocean Unite is a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation, organized under the laws of the District of Columbia. Last December, I went on a diving expedition in Indonesia to a place called Raja Ampat. As the project unfolds through 2017, a panel of world leading scientists will oversee a process to prioritize reefs worldwide (deploying a transparent ‘decision algorithm’ developed at The Center for Excellence in Environmental Decisions at The University of Queensland). Climate change has heated the upper ocean about 1°C / 1.8°F in the last 100 years. However, the reality is that 93 per cent of all climate change heat is absorbed by the ocean, compared with just 1per cent that is absorbed by the atmosphere. On Mon, Aug 12, 2019 at 9:38 AM Steve Mussman via Coral-List < coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov> wrote: > Headline reads: Florida’s coral reefs are in trouble. BALI, Indonesia – A global plan to save coral reefs from complete eradication caused by climate change, pollution and poor fishing practices launched today at The Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali. “This is an all hands on deck moment,” said Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Director of the Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland. Your support can help us make this happen. Most recently she was the Ocean and Climate Policy Advisor to the Mission of the Republic of Palau to the United Nations representing the President of Palau at the High-Level Panel for the Sustainable Ocean Economy and leading Palau’s engagement at the UN Secretary General’s 2019 Climate Action Summit. Consequently, we view this Action Plan as a living document. reef biodiversity, climate vulnerability, current health and reef connectivity) will be agreed upon by the independent panel of scientific experts drawn from some of the world’s leading organizations. Now, a unique philanthropic coalition has launched 50 Reefs, a plan to save the most critical reefs so once the climate stabilizes they can reseed the entire coral ecosystem. Unesco is piloting a similar community-focused initiative called Resilient Reefs, after finding that 21 of its 29 World Heritage-listed coral reef sites were already degraded. The third Global Coral Bleaching Event has been the biggest coral die-off ever recorded and our team has been on that frontline recording and revealing it wherever possible. Local versions of their global study, they believe, would benefit from data that is not uniformly available for reefs internationally: information about ocean chemistry, the ‘adaptive capacity’ of local reefs to withstand climate change or other stress on their systems, or the particulars of the local economic dependence on these coral reefs. I wrote a blog for Virgin Unite in June last year about my experience and how coral reefs were on the frontline of climate change. The loss of these colorful algae led to the bleaching and death of many coral polyps. Members of the International Coral Reef Initiative have agreed on the steps we must take. While surveying coral reefs of Caribbean in the late 1980s, she noticed that many corals were clearly stressed, sapped of their colour. Earle Kimel Staff Writer Monday Dec 9, 2019 at 4:52 PM. In October, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared the third ever global coral bleaching event -- a phenomenon in which stressed corals expel algae and turn white. #StopFundingOverfishing, Maldivian Program @NooRaajje is dedicated to a thriving #BlueEconomy and environmental protection brings on three experienced staff to guide goals and objectives for the future. Jon has worked for c3 to c7 organizations across many different roles and responsibilities but has carved out an expertise as an efficient and effective operations professional. At this meeting, politicians and scientists acknowledged that global emissions of carbon dioxide are rising so fast that we are losing the fight to save coral and the world must develop an alternative plan. To raise awareness of the coral reef crisis and the threat of ocean warming, the 50 Reefs initiative will coordinate communications on the individual reef systems; encourage influential support for effective marine protection; and shine a global spotlight on government and stakeholder action and inaction to stop climate change and to protect the 50 most important reefs. She was senior director for international oceans at The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she developed their international oceans program including their ending illegal fishing strategy and initiated and was the managing partner of the Global Ocean Commission. Nathalie has almost two decades of experience working in environmental advocacy. However, this was a far cry from what I’d been witnessing for the last couple of years on other reefs. Coral reefs worldwide have been estimated to have a conservative value of $1 trillion, which generates at least $300-400 billion each year in terms of food and livelihoods from tourism, fisheries and medicines according to recent reports (WWF 2015, Smithsonian Institute). @FFAAECUADOR @sernapesca @ARAP_Panama @MINPRODUCCION https://bit.ly/2K3xM8p, When the Galápagos Marine Reserve was established in 1998, it became the second largest marine protected area in the world. jumpers and more. Since its inception, the GCRMN has produced a range of global, regional and thematic reports on coral reef status and trends. It is at the heart of the Coral Triangle and the epicenter of coral biodiversity. Corals on the Mesoamerican Reef have experience widespread bleaching events in … Healthy corals covered the reef for as far as the eye could see and the fish life was equally spectacular. Our team has seen coral bleaching in over 10 countries and taken over 100,000 photographs to share this crisis with the world. Corals on the Mesoamerican Reef have experience widespread bleaching events in 1995, 1998, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2016 and 2018, the Great Barrier Reef experienced back to back “marine heat waves”. Now, less than a year after this massive die-off, the Great Barrier Reef is again facing widespread bleaching. A global plan to save coral reefs from complete eradication caused by climate change, pollution and poor fishing practices launched today at The Economist World… The Global Fund for Coral Reefs seeks to raise and invest USD $500 million in coral reef conservation over the next 10 years. Healthy corals covered the reef for as far as the eye could see and the fish life was equally spectacular. But, in recent years, due to climate change, the marine heatwave occurred ever… It is currently working on the production of the GCRMN Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2020. The initiative, called 50 Reefs, brings together leading ocean, climate and marine scientists as well as conservation practitioners from around the world to develop a list of the 50 most … A multi-million-dollar global plan aims to save 10 per cent of the world's coral reefs as scientists predict the remaining 90 per cent will die by 2050. Prior to joining the team, Renee worked for eight years at The Pew Charitable Trusts where she began as an administrative assistant supporting their Shark, Tuna, and Whale conservation campaigns as well as the Senior Director of International Ocean Conservation. NASA’s Game-Changing Plan To Save Coral Reefs The space agency is lending high-tech instruments to a 3-year study. The 50 Reefs initiative builds on The Ocean Agency and the Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland  shared experience carrying out the most comprehensive global survey of coral reefs and coral bleaching ever recorded (in partnership with Google and XL Catlin). Zoos and aquariums may offer useful information, and are often very involved in conservation efforts. This Earth Day, the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is focusing on the coral reef crisis and what can be done to save coral reefs. Though coral reefs cover less than 0.1% of the oceans, they are home to 25% of all marine life. 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