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What is the Coral Reef Rescue Initiative?

The Coral Reef Rescue Initiative (CRRI) is a global programme, established to protect and regenerate the world’s rapidly degrading tropical coral reefs for the benefit of people through nature-based solutions.

We are a group of leading scientists, NGOs and influential partners, working in collaboration with governments and communities to safeguard reefs, food security and livelihoods against climate change.

We have initially identified seven countries with resilient reefs, chosen for their potential to survive in a warming ocean and withstand the threats of climate change. This initiative offers essential support to communities on the frontline in developing countries where these reefs can be found.

In all seven countries, our partners have a longstanding relationship with local communities and different levels of government.

Components of our work

 
  • objective 1

    Build coral reef resilience

    Create a network that connects climate-resilient reefs in seven countries around the world

  • objective 2

    Empower coastal communities

    Build the economic capacity and resilience of coastal communities in a rapidly changing climate

  • objective 3

    Create a global knowledge alliance

    Use the power of sharing and learning to grow a sustainable future for coral reefs

  • objective 4

    Boost sustainable blue economies

    Create a marine-based economy that provides socio-economic benefits, protects marine biodiversity and supports global prosperity through sustainable and equitable investments, practices and policies.

  • objective 5

    Catalyze global action and innovation

    Ensuring long-term and lasting impact through effective monitoring and coordination, resource mobilization, policy and advocacy and strategic partnerships.

What we do

By combining knowledge and expertise, building on tried-and-tested interventions as well as the latest science and emerging innovations, we work with communities to develop integrated nature-based solutions that can be widely replicated and scaled up.

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Developing science-based solutions to build reef and community resilience
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Demonstrating the value and impact of coral reefs to communities
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Strengthening governance and empowering stakeholders
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Creating a learning and sharing network for best practices in reef conservation and sustainable development of coastal communities
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Innovating financial solutions for a sustainable blue economy
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Enabling environmental policy at a local, regional, national and global level
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Scaling successful interventions to other key locations
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Nurturing communities and coral reefs together
Developing science-based solutions to build reef and community resilience
Demonstrating the value and impact of coral reefs to communities
Strengthening governance and empowering stakeholders
Creating a learning and sharing network for best practices in reef conservation and sustainable development of coastal communities
Innovating financial solutions for a sustainable blue economy
Enabling environmental policy at a local, regional, national and global level
Scaling successful interventions to other key locations
Nurturing communities and coral reefs together

We have identified reefs that offer both local and global benefits. These ‘innovation hubs’ provide test beds where we can innovate, refine and demonstrate the power of coral reefs to increase community resilience in coastal areas.

These successes can then be scaled up at a local, national and global level.

A strategic approach

  • Science-based selection process
  • Community-led conservation
  • Evidence-based decision making
  • Strategic focus on resilient coral reefs
  • Addresses both climate change and local stressors
  • Wide network of partners and collaborators
  • Nature-based solutions for the benefit of people and biodiversity

A global partnership

Our Initiative is led by WWF, in collaboration with leading conservation, science and development partners including Blue Ventures, CARE International, Rare, University of Queensland. Vulcan Inc., and WCS.

Led by science

Through careful and thorough analyses of climate change data, we’ve identified reefs in seven locations around the world with the best chance of survival. CRRI can safeguard an estimated 70% of these essential climate-resilient reefs for future generations, by combining the latest science, technology and investment knowledge. One groundbreaking new strategy involved in our approach is Modern Portfolio Theory.

What we aim to achieve

Resilient Reefs and communities

Our goal is to give reefs a fighting chance against climate change, to reduce the strain placed on them by exploitation and development, while also working with communities in building economic capacity in the face of a rapidly changing climate.

We will ensure that globally significant coral reefs in priority seascapes are conserved and effectively managed through inclusive and equitable approaches and contributing to coastal resilience, livelihoods and sustainable economies.

We aim to achieve the following milestones:

  • Governance structures suitable to local context are identified and strengthened to enable improved management across priority seascapes and landscapes.

    Governance structures suitable to local context are identified and strengthened to enable improved management across priority seascapes and landscapes.

  • Women, men and youth in CRRI sites have enhanced capacities and engage in sustainable and equitable income-generating activities supported by local and national plans and strategies.

    Women, men and youth in CRRI sites have enhanced capacities and engage in sustainable and equitable income-generating activities supported by local and national plans and strategies.

  • Blue economy business models have received support from governments, the financial sector and large companies, through funding, legislation and collaboration.

    Blue economy business models have received support from governments, the financial sector and large companies, through funding, legislation and collaboration.

  • CRRI stakeholders are better able to use knowledge and evidence in decision making and collaboration, using the Knowledge Hub as a framework for teaching and development.

    CRRI stakeholders are better able to use knowledge and evidence in decision making and collaboration, using the Knowledge Hub as a framework for teaching and development.

  • Strategies, tools and mechanisms are developed to enable CRRI partners to advance policy and advocacy, joint fundraising and seamless collaboration.

    Strategies, tools and mechanisms are developed to enable CRRI partners to advance policy and advocacy, joint fundraising and seamless collaboration.

 
 

What's Next?

Just as the larvae from resilient corals will replenish other reefs in future, we will take the lessons learned and seed them elsewhere, to secure regeneration reefs across all seven countries and safeguard 70% of our planet’s most precious corals.

We will scale successful approaches through the following actions:

  • Sharing knowledge and experiences
  • Peer-to-peer learning and community exchanges
  • Leveraging public and private financing
  • Raising awareness of coral reefs and their importance