Coral reefs fading, crumbling
These livelihoods are at risk. With a growing population and persistent poverty across Southeast Asia, corals reefs are being over-exploited through increased fishing pressure, and highly damaging techniques such as blast and poison fishing.
Less direct impacts on corals can be just as dangerous. As deforestation continues across the region, sediment run-off flows to coastal areas where it smothers reefs.
Throw into the mix the construction of roads, airports, channels, ports, and buildings, including tourist resorts, and you have a recipe for potential ecological disaster.