Reef Resilience: A story of Hope and Conservation

Around the year 2016, one of the most catastrophic environmental events occurred in the waters of the Pacific Ocean; the bleaching of the coral reefs of the Great Barrier due to the increase of temperature around the world caused by climate change, threatening the life and balance of the surrounding ecosystems and biodiversity in them.

Conservationists and researchers around the world ceased their scientific activities to address the problem and measure its impact on the coral reef’s status. What they found was a really dark scenario: Kilometers and kilometers of coral turned bone- as a result of the stress produced on the algae by the rising temperature of the ocean, which is what creates the beautiful colors of the corals and its main nutrition source.

Among those leading the expedition, there was a team of researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the recognized University of Queensland. Using a vast range of monitoring techniques and different procedures such as underwater drones and satellite imagery, the teams worked tirelessly to trace the source of the bleaching and devise new strategies to mitigate its effects on the marine reefs’ ecosystems.

Different kinds of communities played crucial roles in the conservation efforts of this place, from community organizations, government agencies and indigenous groups.

They implemented measures to reduce pollution, regulate fishing practices and promote sustainable tourism, serving as a precedent for other international communities to apply restoration projects in marine habitats.

Despite these efforts, The Great Barrier Reef still faces many challenges, including those related to pollution, habitat destruction and water acidification. This bleaching event served as a reminder to the international community about the urgent need to address the constant danger of global warming, generating, for example, grassroots initiatives that help raise awareness among their populations.

This story serves a powerful example of the necessity of collective action to solve environmental problems that challenge our communities and the ecosystems’ welfare.

by Mr Diego Ubaque

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10 Comments

  • María Fernanda

    Marine Life was a small Life , That was on our planet , as well as Terrestrial Animals as well as humans, therefore I Say that If we have the opportunity to make our life better to Improve our world, we have to do it. Being aware and helping is the best thing we could do.

  • Mauricio Rondón

    Without a doubt, pollution and habitat destruction are problems that increase and affect us, water acidification is a serious problem for the diversity of life that depend us to it.

    Strategies to reduce pollution and regulate fishing are always welcome, but political will or awareness are usually lacking.

    Tourism is a great source of economic wealth but it is also devastating to the environment, so it is necessary to aim to sustainable tourism at the international level.

    I think that currently there is a lotta talk about the subject, agreements are reached, international commitments are made, but in the practice very little is done.

  • Felipon

    It is interesting to now about the reefs, how the use of some technologies can help the reefs environments, and how the people from around the world work as a group to manage this problems 🫂

  • Agustín Rueda Gaviria

    The text is very interesting because it talks about the problem of the increment temperatures. This affects different things, but in 2016, the coral reefs were affected by the temperature, and this was a big problem. I think that it is very good that the scientist and different institutions will worry to search for solutions for this problem. Today, it is very important to save the enviroment and it is the responsibility of everyone, because we need to protect the planet.

  • Antonio

    Excellent work. It inspires us all to contribute to preserving our natural world for future generations.

  • Tatiana Gil

    It’s really interesting because I consider it’s remarkable of the teamwork in different areas, mainly this is where we take preventive actions to preserve the life in our planet. It is precisely a topics in which we can rise awareness, carry out different action to take care the environment, ecosystems and its resources.

  • Diego Ubaque

    The climate change is a disaster that is affecting us in many ways. In this case, the loss of biodiversity of the coral reefs will affect all marine life due to the chemicals that we are introducing with our industrial activities. These effects in the end will conclude with the extinction of many species in the ocean and they will affect us in our daily lives with the shortages of marine products and food. Therefore, we must rise awareness of the importance of the coral reefs and take action through tangible projects and the representation of our governments in the implementation of environmental laws.

  • Daniel

    Is sad to know how the global warning is causing different effects in our environment, unfortunately the human beings don’t pay so much attention to that and are few people working against this huge problem.

    It’s necessary to rise awareness and start to work together, the nature has lots of beautiful things and places that we can enjoy , but is to take care of our planet, the animals and their ecosystems

  • Zarath Rodríguez

    It emphasizes the importance of working together and using new technologies to fight this environmental crisis. The commitment of researchers and communities in their conservation efforts reminds us of our urgent duty to tackle global warming and protect our precious ecosystems for future generations.

    • Manuel Rueda Gaviria

      I think that this situation is very important ‘couse our planet has many problems to connect from the bad way we have handled things. On the other hand, each action has a consequence and if we don’t reflect, so many things could continue to adversely affect the different ecosystems and even damage the people’s health around the world.

      Global warming is a reality that many times we forget. However, it is necessary always to keep in mind that our planet is not a forever place and our children need a home for living, laughing and grow.

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