Coral Guardian — Teaching the World How and Why to Care for Coral

Ever since I visited the ChangeNow event in Paris earlier this year, I was lucky to finally get a clearer understanding of the world of coral and its key importance in the world. This interest generated further curiosity which lead me to discover more of the different actors and exercises around coral.

At the ChangeNOW event I was fortunate to sit through a presentation by Richard Vevers, CEO of the Ocean Agency, whose outstanding ability to communicate made the topic of coral fascinating.

More recently, through a webinar organised by ChangeNow, I finally had a presentation of how a very dynamic french NGO called Coral Guardian addresses the challenges faced by coral.

The spokesperson and founder, Martin Colognoli, conveyed the importance of coral and their role within many ecosystems.

A lot of the work of Coral Guardian is addressing coral reefs damaged by fishermen having used dynamite for fishing and subsequently destroying the reef. Historically, this practice actually originated in the Philippines during the first world war with fishermen using grenades for fishing. A quick way to fish, however it destroys a whole ecosystem, not to mention reduces the potential amount of fish for other fishermen.

The exercise Coral Guardian engages in is to teach local people how to care for the different ecosystems that allow for fish and the multiple ecosystems to thrive, and this education in turn allows for the whole environment to stand a chance of surviving, allowing thereby for further fishing by local people.

Their role is not only to restore coral by creating new reefs but by offering multiple forms of education and raising awareness. One of those exercises consists in adopting a coral, their programme is actually called Adopt A Coral, and this is a form of involving as many people around the world to understand the importance and the key role of coral.

If you go online and look up Coral Guardian, you will find their website and multiple sources of information on their work and their mission.

It is all put together in a friendly and easy to understand manner. If you are curious about coral and coral reefs, this is a great and welcoming starting point that I can only suggest you look into.

Environmentalist / Ocean Matters podcast / SDGs