What We Do
Coralive.org is dedicated to the mission of protecting and restoring healthy oceans around the world. Our work includes restoring coral reef and coastal ecosystems, managing Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), conducting long-term environmental monitoring, creating livelihood solutions for coastal communities, and pairing all efforts with tailored environmental education programs. In each of our projects, we collaborate with local stakeholders from grassroots organizations to the private sector, to governmental bodies to achieve long-lasting results. We recognize the value of passing on knowledge and experience to activate communities and empower the next generation to invest in a sustainable future.
Coastal areas and marine ecosystems around the world are facing significant and immediate threats. Overstressed by pollution, natural resource exploitation, climate change, habitat destruction, and the compounding of these forces, many regions are struggling to recover. Coralive.org provides global best practices to catalyze the healing process and increase the ecosystem resiliency of these areas against future disturbance.
- Coral Reef Restoration Through Mineral Accretion Technology
- Mangrove Forest Gardening & Replanting
- Seagrass Bed Transplanting
Marine Protected Areas
Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are regions that regulate and restrict human activity on a varying scale. MPA placement and design relies on both ecological information (species richness, abundance, life history traits, and changing climates), as well as the social and political context. Effective environmental management of MPAs is necessary to restore ecosystem health by recovering marine species populations and sustaining biodiversity, while meeting the needs of coastal communities reliant on the ocean as a primary source of protein and livelihood. These efforts are in line with targets set by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), particularly SDG #1: No Poverty, SDG #2: Zero Hunger, SDG #8: Decent Work & Economic Growth, SDG #11: Sustainable Cities & Communities, SDG #13: Climate Action, and SDG #14: Life Below Water.
Coralive.org brings local stakeholders together to design, establish, and manage these vital refuges in nature.
- Creation & Implementation of MPA Management Plans
- Installation of Cutting-Edge Technical Support Systems
- Surveillance & Enforcement Training
Environmental Data Collection
Data is a critical precursor to any environmental protection effort. Coralive.org provides ecological survey and monitoring services in conjunction with all of our projects to determine the current status of project areas as well as to inform management and restoration efforts. We use the latest available technology to perform underwater mapping, aerial surveying and multi-parameter water quality analysis.
- Ocean 3D Mapping (High-Definition Bathymetry Geophysical Surveying & Photogrammetry 360 Virtual Models)
- Environmental Impact Assessments
- Long-Term Ecological Monitoring (pH Levels, Dissolved Oxygen, Temperature, Salinity, and Pollution Levels)
The incredible significance of fisheries to the livelihoods of coastal communities is well documented. When implementing MPAs with “No-Take” zones by restricting and banning fishing activity, it is crucial to integrate the needs and knowledge of the coastal community while designing and enforcing the management plan. Alternative opportunities need to be developed to guarantee earnings as well as food security to divert fishing pressure away from the ocean. Coralive.org has expertise in planning and implementing such projects to ensure all voices are heard and all needs are met.
- Solid Waste Management Including Waste Hubs with Eco-Brick Production Facilities
- Seaweed Farming, Low-Impact Aquaculture and Barrel-Ponics
- Bamboo Planting, Harvesting & Processing
Coralive.org’s final and perhaps most significant area of focus is the proper transfer of knowledge and experience to local residents in project areas and the next generation. Giving a community the necessary tools to advocate for and maintain long-term needs while understanding those of the planet, ensures the sustainable management of resources and continued engagement of community members in achieving their goals.
- Plastic Pollution Awareness Campaigns
- Coral Reef, Mangrove Forest & Seagrass Education
- Cleanup Events