Unesco Green Citizens

Coral Gardeners

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Project begin: 28/04/2017

As a child of the ocean, Titouan Bernicot created Coral Gardeners for one reason: save our coral reefs. This association is revolutionizing ocean conservation and generating a collaborative action to restore the reefs of Moorea, French Polynesia, and beyond.

Leading organisation: Coral Gardeners
The country where the team is based: France
Covered Countries: French Polynesia
Theme: Biodiversity, Ocean
Sub-themes: Ocean education, Protecting marine ecosystems
Tag: #Youth
Selection: 2020/2021
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As the coral reefs around his native island of Moorea in French Polynesia slowly withered, Titouan knew something had to be done to save the lungs of the ocean and the future of our marine ecosystems. Four years ago, he created Coral Gardeners and has been telling the coral reef’s story ever since.

Repopulating the reefs with resistant corals

The association has three main missions: raise awareness, restore and innovate. This means raising awareness about the importance of coral through social media, events and ambassadors. The super coral adoption program – corals that have survived bleaching events in the wild and should hypothetically spawn – is driving awareness while also raising funds.

This also means identifying super corals and growing super coral fragments until they are mature enough to be transplanted back onto the reef – to date, more than 15,000 corals have been replanted. And let’s not forget about the importance of innovating new techniques using AI and smart sensors to observe and monitor the coral nurseries in real-time.

By 2025, Coral Gardeners hope to expand internationally, plant 1 million corals around the world and reach 1 billion people through awareness campaigns and stories

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