Exploring One Million Corals for Colombia

The marine treasures of Colombia are often overlooked, as the country is known more for its mountains and the colourful towns that dot its coffee region. But just below the waves, a vibrant undersea world with over a thousand square kilometres of coral reef awaits those who take the plunge.

Yet this improbable marine wonder is in danger. Scientists, local experts, passionate activists, and islanders alike are sounding the alarm about the deterioration of one of the richest ecosystems in the Caribbean Sea as they work together on ways to restore it.

Among the most innovative propositions is a nationwide project known as One Million Corals for Colombia.

One Million Corals for Colombia was launched last year by the Colombian Government in response to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The project aims to grow one million fragments of coral and restore 200 hectares of reefs by 2023, making it the greatest-ever effort of its kind in the Americas.

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