31 May 2023
We joined this radio podcast in conjunction with World Reef Awareness Day to highlight the harsh realities and challenges of coral restoration in practice.
Full radio podcast here: BFM: The Business Station - Podcast Coral Reef Restoration - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
It's World Reef Awareness Day on the 1st of June, celebrated annually to reflect on our ocean's delicate coral reefs, and to bring together communities and leaders around the world to conserve these incredible marine ecosystems. Beyond their ecological services, coral reefs are valuable to communities for food security, storm protection, cultural value, and more. But with human activity and a warming planet rapidly degrading these precious and fragile ecosystems, a range of interventions are needed to protect them. We speak to three coral reef ecologists, Sebastian Szereday (Co-founder, Coralku), Alvin Chelliah (Senior Programme Manager, Reef Check Malaysia) and Affendi Yang Amri (Coral Reef Ecologist, University of Malaya, and Researcher, Projek Pulih) about the dynamic ecosystem hidden beneath the ocean's surface, and how they are working through their respective organisation to reverse coral reefs decline. They also help to outline the good, the bad, and the ugly truths behind coral reef restoration, and expand on why preservation is always the smart thing to do.
(Text by Juliet Jacobs for BFM 89.90)