Reefs Of Hope: Coral-Focused Climate Adaptation

Reefs Of Hope: Coral-Focused Climate Adaptation

Reefs Of Hope: Coral-Focused Climate Adaptation 700 421 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Corals for Conservation – Fiji

Reefs of Hope involves reef-dependent stakeholders: communities, the tourism industry, and island governments in actions to secure corals from worsening marine heat waves.

Based on propagating bleaching resistant “super” corals, this first coral-focused adaptation paradigm for coral reefs was launched in December 2022, through publication in a peer-reviewed journal (click here to download the paper). ROH focuses on nature-based and livelihoods based solutions. It builds on MPAs and best practice management, while focusing on preventing extinction of coral species on reefs subject to severe marine heat waves. Pilot sites in seven countries have been established and refinements to the strategies are ongoing, based on monitoring results from diverse ecological and cultural settings. With the recent alarming ocean thermal spike, a climate emergency has emerged, and the window of opportunity for saving corals is rapidly closing. Major upscaling is needed.

Start Date: 01/11/2023
End Date: 31/12/2030

Lead Contact: Dr. Austin Bowden-Kerby (

challenges: 2- Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, 4- Sustainable Ocean Economy, 10- Behaviour Change
ocean_basins: North Pacific Ocean, South Pacific Ocean
type_of_action: Project


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