Protecting coral reefs

We work to protect the world’s coral reefs from the effects of climate change and other human activity.

Tropical coral reefs cover a mere 0.1 per cent of the ocean but are among the most bio-diverse ecosystems on the planet, supporting one quarter of all marine species. They occur in over 100 countries, including more than 80 developing countries, and sustain human society through a range of ecosystem services, such as livelihoods and food security from fisheries, revenue from tourism, erosion prevention and protection from extreme weather events through dissipation of wave energy and lessening inundation and damage during storms.

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Towards resilience and risk reduction for coral reefs in Central America

Insurance payments for restoring a coral reef after it has been smashed by a hurricane may seem a bit far-fetched. Nevertheless, this is one of a raft of measures being proposed for the world’s second largest…

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Protecting coral reefs

To protect the world’s coral reefs from the impacts of climate change and other human activities, UN Environment promotes the use of sound science to manage ecosystem services in marine and coastal areas. Our partnership work on coral reefs focuses on:

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Tropical coral reefs cover a mere 0.1 per cent of the ocean but are among the most bio-diverse ecosystems on the planet, supporting one quarter of all marine species. Read our latest reports and publications Learn more.

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Gabriel Grimsditch
Coral Reef Unit
UN Environment
UN Compound, Gigiri, PO Box 67578, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 20 762 5025
Email: gabriel.grimsditch@un.org