Hope Reef, the start of the world’s largest coral reef restoration program, has been unveiled off the coast of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The reef, which can be seen on Google Earth, has been built to spell “H-O-P-E” (the word “hope”) and is a symbol to show the world how positive change can happen within our lifetime.
Scientists estimate that if the world does nothing, 90% of tropical reefs will be gone by 2043, impacting nearly 500 million people who depend on them for food, income and coastal protection.
Hope Reef’s restoration by SHEBA began two years ago. Since then, coral cover has increased from 5 to 55%, fish abundance has increased, and species such as sharks and turtles have returned.
By the end of 2029, SHEBA’s ambition is to restore more than 185,000 square meters of coral reef at sites around the world, roughly the size of 148 Olympic swimming pools.
Viewers who watch the SHEBA Hope Reef story, “The Film That Grows Coral,” on YouTube will help raise money for reef restoration. With every view, the advertising money generated is invested into coral reef restoration through campaign partner The Nature Conservancy.
Hope Reef uses innovative Reef Star technology: 90-cm-wide, star-shaped, steel structures handmade by the local community in Indonesia. Each star is joined underwater to create a strong web that covers the seabed and provides a stable base for coral fragments to regrow.
Source: Mars Inc.