Adaptive Reefscapes
Coral Conservation in Times of Change

Corals are extraordinary animals, and the reefs they build are some of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on the planet. Today, a startling 75 percent of our coral reefs are threatened or gone.

Imagine the world without corals. Sand and rubble would replace the vibrant architects of the reef, like staghorn and table corals. The underwater homes of brightly colored parrotfish, butterflyfish and angelfish would be lost among the overgrown seaweed. Livelihoods would diminish as coasts erode, fisheries fail and tourism declines.

But there is hope. Corals can adapt to changing conditions. The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) has designed an innovative conservation blueprint based on cutting-edge science that promotes coral adaptation within diverse, connected and large networks of healthy reefs. We call these networks Adaptive Reefscapes.

Part 1: Why Coral Reefs Matter

The world needs coral reefs for food, jobs and recreation. Coral reefs are home to over two million marine species and five hundred million people depend on coral reefs for their livelihoods.  Learn more about why coral reefs matter by reading “Who Should Pick the Winners of Climate Change?”, watching a video about the global benefits of coral reefs and viewing an informative infographic outlining the importance of coral reefs.

Part 2: Why Coral Diversity Matters

Coral reefs are one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet though they occupy less than one percent of our oceans. There are diverse in the types of species that live on reefs, diverse in the types of habitats reefs build and even diverse at the genetic level. But why does coral reef diversity matter in an era of global climate change? Learn more from our blog post and video.

Part 3: Why Coral Connectivity Matters

Rapid adaptation requires a connected network of reefs where well-adapted corals can spread between different healthy reefs and repopulate degraded reefs. Learn more about why connectivity is important for the future of corals from our blog post and video.

Part 4: Why Large Reefscapes Matter

Creating large networks of healthy reefs can help corals adapt to their changing climate. Learn about the importance of large reefscapes from our blog post and video about why large reefscapes matter.

Part 5: A Conservation Blueprint for Coral Reefs

To save coral reefs, we must reduce local-level threats to reefs that help these special corals survive, grow and spread their special genes to future generations and withstand global threats – this is the process of coral adaptation. Learn how CORAL’s pioneering and innovate conservation blueprint, called Adaptive Reefscapes, will help create these healthy networks of DIVERSE, CONNECTED and LARGE reefs.

Join the Conversation

We invite you to join the online conversation by sharing our benefits of coral reefs infographic, Adaptive Reefscapes infographic, videos and news about coral reefs on your social channels. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #savecoralreefs!