Coral reef restoration
This decline is particularly visible in the lagoon of Pejarakan, a village located west of Bali, in Indonesia. The local population depends on this marine ecosystem to survive, since its high biodiversity provides food and employment to the community. Unfortunately, destructive fishing practices (dynamite and cyanide) and climatic changes have destroyed this coral reef.
The PUR Project has gone into partnership with the Pejarakan villagers to build an artificial reef. The objectives are the following:
- supply a stable growth substrate for the coral colonies, while accelerating the natural process of colonisation and regeneration.
- transplant coral colonies: the coral pieces collected in the adjacent natural reefs are pieces which have been naturally broken, in order not to damage the natural reefs.
- create a healthy coral network to favour the development of the marine fauna
- give the capacity to the local community to manage the coral reef in a sustainable way, by notably supporting their economic development, in order for them to become actors of conservation and development of their natural environment and resources. A change in the attitude of the inhabitants (and the tourists) towards the marine environment will help long-term conservation of the area.
Since June 2016, 6 artificial structures have been created in the lagoon of Pejarakan, with a total of 650 coral transplanted on these structures.
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