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Global warming is contributing to the destruction of corals in the remarkable ecosystem surrounding the Japanese island of Okinawa. Coral Okinawa is a not-for-profit organisation working to preserve this natural site, through coral-planting initiatives.
The southern Japanese island of Okinawa is a site of exceptional biodiversity. Its threatened reefs are home to many varieties of coral. Pollution and rising sea temperatures (the result of human activity) are affecting the coral’s ability to reproduce. Natural predators are taking their toll, too, notably the crown-of-thorns starfish that feeds on the reefs. Against this alarming background, Coral Okinawa is working to preserve the coral reefs.
The not-for-profit organisation is helping to regenerate the reefs, using a combined technique of aquaculture and artificial coral planting. Coral Okinawa enables volunteers to take an active role in its coral-planting campaigns. Anyone can get involved, from experienced divers to the general public and children, through targeted talks designed to raise awareness of the coral’s plight.
In addition to its work on the coral reefs, Coral Okinawa raises awareness of the consequences of global warming, and air and sea pollution. Coral is a fundamental habitat for numerous marine organisms: if the coral perishes, an entire marine ecosystem is affected. Coral Okinawa’s commitment to the preservation of marine biodiversity is supported by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, for the second edition of our H³ programme (Heart – Head – Hand).