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 has been developed which highlights the lessons learnt from the project and a Business Plan will be developed to ensure project sustainability. The first ever Reef Rescuers Training program was a success with eight trainees from different parts of the world successfully completing the eight week training program
Saving the Giant Clams
Constance Lemuria and Nature Seychelles to restore coral reefs
Senior United States Official visits Nature Seychelles’ conservation sites
Black Pearl Seychelles Ltd donates Giant Clams to Reef Rescuers
Restauration des récifs coralliens des Seychelles (French, Plongeur.com Magazine)
Nursing Indian Ocean coral reefs back to life (Deutsche Welle)
US Ambassador praises coral project
Saving Seychelles’ Corals and Livelihoods (Green Africa Directory)
Help in deep waters
US Navy personnel give back to conservation projects
Reef Rescuers: The people who plant corals
A day in the life of a reef rescuer
Building coral reefs of the future
Reef rescue: ordinary people can participate too
Reef Rescue project begins
Press Release: Launching of project to save reefs from climate change
Reef Rescuers Project Launch (SBC news segment in Creole)
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
Saving coral reefs in the Seychelles (Radio piece by Deutsche Welle)