Our coral reef restoration project addresses Climate Change and it's impact. The marine environment is under severe threat from Climate Change, identified as the single most palpable threat to marine ecosystems. Its impact on coral reefs have been devastating. Corals in the Seychelles and the region have been destroyed by ocean warming and coral bleaching events, threatening the livelihoods of millions of coastal peoples in Eastern Africa and the Western Indian Ocean islands.
Coral bleaching interferes with reef's health and resilience capacity, harms coral’s ability to regenerate, affects reproductive performances and increases disease prevalence. Our reef restoration project has been restoring damaged coral reefs by growing different coral species in nurseries and transplanting them onto degraded sites.
The project began in 2010 with the financial support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Further financial support was received under the Government of Seychelles-Global Environment Facility (GEF)-United Nations Dvelopment Project (UNDP) Protected Area Project in 2011.
Through the project we are piloting the first-ever large scale active reef restoration project in the region using ‘coral gardening’. Coral gardening involves collecting small pieces of healthy coral, raising them in underwater nurseries and then transplanting them to degraded sites that have been affected by coral bleaching. 50,000 fragments of coral have been raised in underwater nurseries and a further 15,000 transplanted in degraded areas. The long-term “success” of this mass transplantation is yet to be monitored but the project has already had a very positive knowledge-building impact: 30 scientific divers were involved and trained on reef restoration techniques. A tool kit is currently being put together to highlight the lessons learnt from the project and a Business Plan will be developed to ensure project sustainability.
Restauration des récifs coralliens des Seychelles (French, Plongeur.com Magazine)
Nursing Indian Ocean coral reefs back to life (Deutsche Welle)
Saving Seychelles’ Corals and Livelihoods (Green Africa Directory)
French Documentary on Reef Rescuers Project (Franck Fougère-Gnagni - Les Seychelles, Une Seconde vie pour le Corail + BONUS Longitude 181 et François Sarano)
See more on Nature Seychelles You Tube Channel