A Global Plan to Save Coral Reefs


Climate change is now the greatest threat to coral reefs. In the past 30 years alone, half of the world's corals have died. Science now tells us that only 10% of reefs can survive past 2050 - even if the target limits set by the Paris climate agreement are met. Urgent action is needed to save the coral reefs we can.

The 50 Reefs partnership was established in early 2017 with the ambitious goal of identifying a global portfolio of coral reefs with a good chance of both surviving the impacts of climate change and being able to help repopulate neighboring reefs.

The 50 Reefs initiative has resulted in the first-ever research of its kind to create a global portfolio of coral reefs anticipating climate-related risks. The scientific study, published in June 2018, can be read in Conservation Letters.

The 50 Reefs initiative, initiated by Underwater Earth, is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and Paul G. Allen Philanthropies. It was created in partnership with the Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society.