Comprising portions of the Indian and Pacific Oceans as well as the seas surrounding Indonesia, the Asia/Pacific (or what we call the Indo-Pacific) region boasts warm, turquoise waters, picturesque islands, and diverse underwater communities. This tropical paradise is a dream for scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, fishing, and other ocean-related adventures. Like most coral reefs around the world, the reefs of Hawaii, Fiji, and Raja Ampat, Indonesia, are threatened by the effects of global climate change and other human-induced stressors. Because each of CORAL’s field sites in the Indo-Pacific has a distinct mixture of cultures and priorities, the solutions to conservation challenges must be carefully tailored to each location. CORAL's wealth of experience facilitating collaboration between government officials, marine tourism providers, and local residents has allowed us to make measureable progress toward our conservation program goals.
Hawaii: Field Manager Liz Foote works with local stakeholders and international organizations to preserve one of the most biodiverse and unique reef systems in the world. Find out more »
Fiji: Support for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and a deep commitment to the community allow CORAL to help local people use their traditional practices in new ways to protect the health of their reefs. Find out more »
Raja Ampat: In a place like no other on Earth, dazzling beauty is accompanied by a great poverty that represents the main threat to this special ecosystem. CORAL is working hard with all stakeholders to find real and long-lasting solutions. Find out more »
Cleaning the day's catch: Ensuring sustainable livelihoods and real benefits for the local communities is a basic need in building effective partnerships to protect the health of the Pacific coral reefs and successful sustainable reef destinations.
Photo credit: Heidi Williams