Unesco Green Citizens

Coral Gardeners

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Project begin: 29/03/2018

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

Leading organisation: Coral Gardeners
Theme: Biodiversity, Oceans
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 done to save the lungs of the ocean and the future of our marine ecosystems. 3 years ago, he created Coral Gardeners and has been telling the coral reef’s story ever since.

Repopulating the reefs with resilient corals

The NGO has three missions: educate, restore and innovate. This means raising awareness about the importance of coral through social media, events and ambassadors. The programme to adopt super corals – corals that have survived a bleaching event in the wild and should hypothetically spawn – drives awareness while also raising funds.

This also means mapping the coral and nurturing super coral fragments until they are mature enough to be retransplanted back on to the reef – to date, more than 14,000 corals have been replanted. And let’s not forget 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, planting 1 million corals around the world and reaching 1 billion people through awareness campaigns and stories.

Keen to adopt your own piece of coral? More information about this initiative?

coralgardeners.org

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