The existence of coral reefs is in danger, UNESCO warns
Due to rising carbon dioxide emissions globally, our oceans are getting warmer.
Emissions require large cuts
The latest data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate (IPCC) also states that countries will have to cut carbon emissions sharply to achieve the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.
Many coral reefs are under various stresses ranging from pollution to overfishing and habitat destruction.
UNESCO, along with its partners, plans to support local communities in mitigating these risks and sustainable management of these fragile marine cliffs.
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In total, the agency plans to work on 19 World Heritage-listed reefs found in developing countries and will be funded by the Global Coral Reef Fund.
UNESCO has also run a sustainable mural program in the past, which started in 2018 and this latest scheme is based on its success.
Over the past four years, researchers have been working on four experimental World Heritage Reef sites in Australia, Belize, New Caledonia and Palau.
The program demonstrated that local pressures can be reduced by empowering local communities and adapting to climate change in their incomes and livelihoods.
Fanny Duvier, head of UNESCO’s Marine Program, says global warming means that local reef conservation measures are no longer enough to protect the world’s most important rocks.
But a healthy, tolerant wall can regenerate and survive even after a chemical incident.