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C O E X I S T E N C E

WHAT IS A CORAL?

Corals are invertebrate animals belonging to a large group of colourful and fascinating animals called Cnidaria. Other animals in this group that you may have seen in rock pools or on the beach include jelly fish and sea anemones. Although Cnidarians exhibit a wide variety of colours, shapes and sizes.

Corals are invertebrate animals belonging to a large group of colourful and fascinating animals called Cnidaria. Other animals in this group that you may have seen in rock pools or on the beach include jelly fish and sea anemones. Although Cnidarians exhibit a wide variety of colours, shapes and sizes.

WHAT ARE CORAL REEFS?

Hard corals extract abundant calcium from surrounding seawater and use this to create a hardened structure for protection and growth. Coral reefs are therefore created by millions of tiny polyps forming large carbonate structures, and are the basis of a framework and home for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of other species. Coral reefs are the largest living structure on the planet, and the only living structure to be visible from space.

Our corals are dying

An alarming situation

25% of marine life depends directly on Coral Reefs. And they are less than 0.1% of the total surface of the oceans.

The oceans have slowed the effects of climate change by absorbing up to 93% of the heat trapped in greenhouse gases. This heating stresses the corals causing its death.

If we do nothing by 2050, 70% to 90% of the coral reefs will be lost.

WHY CORALS ARE IMPORTANT?

FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE

Coral reefs are the oceans’ lungs; they absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and transform it into the oxygen we breathe. By doing this they regulate air and water temperature for us all.

ECONOMY

 The services that coral reefs provide have been valued at around $10 trillion per year. Hundreds of families in the caribbean side of Costa Rica depend direclty on it.

SCIENCE

Reef organisms are important sources of new medicines. They have already provided drugs for treating asthma, arthritis and some cancers.

COASTAL PROTECTION

Coral reefs protect coastlines against big waves, storms and erosion. They are capable of absorbing 97% of the energy of the waves and can reduce wave height by 84%.

RESOURCES

Over 500 million people depend on coral reefs for their food, resources and income. In Costa Rica more that 750.000 tourist come for snorkelling and diving to see the coral reefs.

Corals need immediate action, that’s why we want to create a non-profit organization to act in the southern Caribbean of Costa Rica.

What Drives Us

Our Mission

Due to the importance of coral in the marine ecosystem, our mission is to recover and maintain healthy coral reefs in the southern Caribbean of Costa Rica through research, education and restoration of the most damaged coral reefs as well as reducing human impact.

Our ocean needs to be healthy and full of life.

Where are we going to act?

 

There are 5 main areas where we want to act. It is where coral reefs are concentrated and where they are most affected.
1- Cahuita
2- Puerto Viejo
3- Punta Uva
4- Arrecife
5- Manzanillo

WHAT WE WILL DO 

We want to carry out 4 types of actions. Research, restoration, education and reduce human impact.

SHORT TERM GOALS

 

  • Project introduction to the local community
  • Bring ocean conservation awareness
  • Reforestation project in coastal and riverside areas
  • Investigation in the areas affected by coral bleaching events

  • Collaborations with other organizations

MEDIUM TERM GOALS

 

  • Support and involve the local community in the activities of the project
  • Provide the right tools and materials to the community, to be able to have an active role in ocean conservation
  • Extend reforestation areas
  • Start water quality
  • investigation, both on open waters and rivers
  • Identify the areas of the reef with coral bleaching

  • Start the coral restoration project

LONG TERM GOALS

 

  • An active community fighting for ocean protection
  • Community aware of the importance of the reefs in the area and in the world
  • Reducing the quantity of sediments that end up in the sea because of the reforestation project
  • Decrease the water contamination levels of the ocean and rivers

  •  A successful coral reef restoration in the area

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE

Take action to save the coral reefs

Oceans and corals are under serious threat and unless we take action they will disappear.

You can help us save it by making a donation in Gofundme or in Paypal

Who I am

maria cabrera sanchez 1998

Superior Technician in Forest Management and the Natural Environment, with a Master’s Degree in Marine Biology. She has experience in environmental education projects, has collaborated with the Foundation for the Conservation and Recovery of Marine Animals – CRAM, the Torreferrussa Wild Fauna Recovery Center and in Costa Rica she  was working as a nurse at the Jaguar Rescue Center before start this project.

We Have the Power to Change Our Future, and We’re Doing Something About It.

I believe in the power of unity and good causes. I believe that we are here to make a better world and create a positive impact. This project wants to be part of this change.

Our ocean need us.