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Caramoan Coral Reef Project
The Caramoan Coral Reef Project [CCRP] in the Philippines is serving the people of Caramoan, Camarines Sur with the goal to transform communities through conservation and reef restoration using Biorock coral reef restoration technology and proven social engineering methodology to create change both underwater and in the surrounding communities. CCRP’s goal is to transform communities through conservation and reef restoration to establish: sustainable stewardship of the environment, education & effective enforcement, community & governmental cooperation, as well as restoration of the generations old self-reliance upon the sea for both fishing and provision.
HOW THIS PROJECT MAKES A POSITIVE IMPACT
Coral Reefs are dying all around the world because of anthropogenic factors. The people that depend on the coral reefs to survive are suffering. When we saw for ourselves the destruction of the coral reefs and the plight of the people that make a living off them, we were compelled to help. We started Reefs for Life as a non-profit organization because the coral reefs need protection and restoration, and the people need education and training to manage their natural resources in sustainable ways. Bringing cutting edge reef building technology to the communities that live near the coral reefs has created a synergy that is spreading to other communities and reefs. This grass roots movement to save the coral reefs will have broad effects on the health and sustainability of both reefs and people as it is replicated in other places.
TO MAXIMISE THE SUCCESS OF THIS PROJECT WE STILL NEED:
Additional funding will allow us to catalyze a movement of communities coming together to protect their coral reefs and the future of their children. As each town creates their fish sanctuary, coral reefs will be protected and restoration projects started. Entire regions will merge into a giant fish sanctuary and reef restoration zone that will turn back the tide of coral reef destruction, and communities will be transformed from the largest threat to coral reefs into their greatest caretaker and advocate.
HOW CAN THIS PROJECT CONTRIBUTE TO OTHER ECO-INITIATIVES:
Reefs for Life is using Biorock coral reef restoration technology and proven social engineering methodology to create change both under water and in the surrounding communities.
Reefs for Life has 24 artificial reef structures in 5 different locations. Most are powered with solar panels mounted on pontoon boats. The Reefs for Life Pontoon Boat has over 1,700 watts of solar energy that can power up to 12 dome shaped artificial reefs. Each dome reef provides 10 square meters of upward facing surface area for coral placement.
We established a Peoples Organization and trained local fishermen in fisheries management methodology. They are now leading their community in protecting the Marine Protected Area and promoting sustainable fishing methods.