WWF works to protect areas rich in coral reefs and where coastal communities depend on reefs for their wellbeing.
We work on major global policy issues facing reefs, particularly climate change, and also with communities, governments and partners around the world to reduce the threats to reefs including in the following regions:
Coral Reef Rescue Initiative
- WWF works on coral reefs all over the world and also on specific initiatives. A major initiative is based on global scientific analysis which has revealed that some coral reefs are less vulnerable to climate change impacts than others.
- Interlinked by ocean currents which transport coral larvae and fish, refuges of coral reef resilience could - if local pressures on them are reduced - enable many of the world’s coral reefs to regenerate over time when the climate stabilizes.
- The Coral Reef Rescue Initiative, a major partnership with other leading coral reef conservation and development organisations, is identifying the most resilient coral reefs (‘regeneration’ reefs) and dependent communities. By working with local communities and major partners to protect the most climate change-resilient reefs from the impacts of overfishing, pollution and unsustainable development, we can also increase the chances that the larvae they produce can benefit nearby reefs, enhancing their recovery.
- Coral Reef Rescue comprises the following partners so far: Blue Ventures, Care, Rare, The University of Queensland (Global Change Institute) and WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society).
- Coral Reef Rescue will focus on building the resilience of coral reefs and the communities dependent on them by securing reefs in 7 main countries (Fiji, Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Philippines, Madagascar, Tanzania and Cuba) which account for 70% of the regeneration capacity of coral reefs globally. These reefs will stand a better chance of helping other reefs to regenerate. In this way, Coral Reef Rescue will complement and boost reef conservation work around the world.
For more information on the analyses of the important roles coral reefs play in Melanesia and the Western Indian Ocean, please see reports at: ocean.panda.org