Nausicaá and reefscapers
RECONSTRUCTING THE CORAL REEF IN THE MALDIVES
For several tens of years now, the Maldives have been seriously impacted by successive waves of coral bleaching. At the end of the ‘90s, as much as 90% of the corals had died. More recently, in 2016, we observed an occurrence of the El Nino phenomenon, whose frequency is increasing, as a direct consequence of climate change.
The “Reefscapers” programme, launched by Thomas Le Berre in 2005 and now run by the Reefscapers Foundation, deals with this issue by restoring coral reefs using innovative techniques, associated with long-term scientific monitoring.
Thanks to this project, more than 7,000 structures have already been implanted in the lagoons around the Maldives, creating around 500,000 colonies of corals!
Reefscapers also works on ecotourism and coastal management for preserving the Maldives’ fragile ecosystems.
CORALS, ECOSYSTEMS IN DANGER
Corals are animals that live in colonies growing on the seabed.
Together, they form the coral reefs that shelter one third of all currently known marine species. These fragile ecosystems are threatened by human activities and global warming and, unfortunately, the rises in our planet’s temperatures are causing increasingly frequent episodes of coral bleaching.
NAUSICAÁ AND REEFSCAPERS
For more than ten years, through exchanges of know-how, exhibitions and events, Nausicaá and Reefscapers have been working together to make the public aware of the importance of preserving corals and developing techniques for restoring the world’s ecosystems.
More recently, NAUSICAÁ and its Endowment Fund have been committed to raising funds for supporting the coral restoration initiatives of the Reefscapers Foundation and its innovative projects, such as “AI 4 Corals”.
In 2019, Nausicaá sponsored ten coral structures implanted around Landaa Giraavaru in the Maldives, representing about 700 restored coral colonies. Biologists monitor these corals on the spot to check they are developing satisfactorily.
You too can contribute to the restoration of these corals by making a donation dedicated to this initiative!
AI 4 CORALS: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR SAVING OUR CORALS
The Reefscapers Foundation has developed an autonomous solar-powered catamaran that takes photos to identify the corals growing on 7,000 artificial structures. The goal with this technology is to help the teams analyse the 200,000 photographs that have been accumulated over 15 years and continue to collect new ones. These images offer a wealth of information for helping us to understand how coral evolves and adapts to climate change.
You can support this innovative, pioneering project by making a donation!