Check out this from National Geographic News Watch (Coral Reefs: the Seawall That Nature Built) We’ve all heard it before: “Protect our Coral Reefs” but sometimes we need to think deeper about what that really means. This article provides a fresh (and practical) perspective of protecting our coral reefs. There’s also a link to an interactive Coastal Resilience Map that can give you an idea of populations around the world that can be affected if their coral reefs degrade completely. Enjoy!
“The median cost for building artificial breakwaters in the tropics is USD $19,791 per meter, compared to $1,290 per meter for coral reef restoration projects — echoing similar findings by the reinsurance and planning industries. And, that’s not even considering the other co-benefits to fishing and tourism industries, for example (would your family rather snorkel near a coral reef or seawall?).”
-from Coral Reefs: the Seawall That Nature Built