Member Type Non Governmental Organization
Coral Guardian is a French non-profit organization, founded in 2012, that aims to protect and restore coral ecosystems by empowering coastal communities worldwide, integrating sustainable community development while leveraging social and economic impact through marine ecosystems’ preservation and valuation.
We develop participatory coral conservation programs, local and international awareness programs and scientific protocols to study each restoration programme and contribute to knowledge on coral ecosystems.
Participatory Coral Conservation
We collaborate with local communities (fishermen, divers…) to implement coral reef restoration projects led by them. This, through an accompaniment of the project conception as well as a joint definition and training of repopulation and monitoring techniques adapted to the local contexts. This allows each local community to act against the degradation of coral ecosystems and to observe and measure the response of the restored ecosystem to their interventions.
Capacity Building with the Blue Center
Through our Blue Center program, we provide local structures with support and training in marine ecology, in developing the social dimension of a restoration project, and in project financing. Thanks to this program, our team accompanies local structures in the development of coral restoration and protection projects around the world.
Each project aims to become a learning center to support other project holders located in the same region, and help share their experiences and empower others and young generations.
We develop awareness tools and programmes both locally and internationally to share knowledge on the importance of coral ecosystems and the threats they face worldwide.
We follow a scientific approach to describe the biological and social impact of each restoration project and improve the techniques. This, by defining in collaboration with local actors the monitoring protocols, as well as field experiments on restoration methods. The aim is to contribute to scientific knowledge of coral ecosystems and their restoration, according to the interests and needs of local communities.
We also contribute to making scientific research on corals more accessible to a wider audience by simplifying published scientific papers and sharing them on our REEF blog and our newsletter.
Last Updated: 1 February 2022