As citizens of the world, it’s our duty to know about the natural resources out there, so we can protect and appreciate them. This should not be just in our local territories and regions, but also in other parts of the world. One of these world heritages is the Mesoamerican Reef found in the Mexican Caribbean, near Cancun, Cozumel, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Holbox, and Akumal. This zone extends for over 620 miles, making it the second largest reef after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
The current situation of this natural treasure is unfortunate. Just like mankind’s disregard and carelessness has lead to climate change, overfishing, tourism industry, and water pollution has created, in one decade, the decline of this aquatic system. Currently, only between 8 and 12% of it is left, compared to what was recorded ten years ago. It’s our responsibility to learn and do whatever is necessary, as soon as possible, to recover this biological reserve.
Coral reefs are incredibly important for the environment. Their conservation is essential to preserve biodiversity and help reduce the greenhouse effect. These underwater forests can also protect the ocean from the damage caused by storms and hurricanes.
Luckily, there are plenty of people who are caring for these natural resources. One of them is the Restore Coral movement in Mexico. The idea behind it came from a community who understood the importance of restoring the marine ecosystem and has dedicated to its conservation and protection.
This group of young innovators began to gather in 2015. Several others from different countries have also joined their cause of developing effective solutions in every sector: local communities, multinational corporations, as well as private and governmental investment. This also includes direct collaboration with the state government of Quintana Roo, The National Fishing Department, The National Comission for Protected Natural Areas, as well as the Environment and Natural Resource Department.
Restore Coral has the purpose of setting up 260 colonies of coral, in other words 6240 coral over five years time. This will be done with the support of technological resources and virtual reality.
This movement attempts to progressively reach more people, teaching and bringing awareness about how caring for our environment is in our best interest. The project’s three mayor goals are incubating coral in labs, introducing the coral to sea environment, planting, and its relocation in the reefs.
As citizens of the world, caring for our environment is a topic that affects all of us. Sustainable tourism, awareness, being informed, and sharing this information with others are just some of the steps we can take. We should also focus on supporting and contributing to projects that counteract the damage affecting coral reefs and other areas of the environment.
You can learn more about the Restore Coral project by visiting the website.
Translated by María Suárez