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Our Mission is Saving the World’s Coral Reefs

The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) is a non-profit, environmental NGO that is on a mission to save the world’s coral reefs. We work collaboratively with communities to reduce direct threats to reefs in ways that provide long-term benefits to people and wildlife. In parallel, CORAL is actively expanding the scientific understanding of how corals adapt to climate change and is applying this information to give reefs the best chance to thrive for generations to come. Our broad expertise uniquely positions us to rally the conservation community around scalable and effective solutions for coral reefs around the world.

Our Vision

One day the world’s coral reefs will have adapted to climate change because we acted swiftly.

Our Values

Partnership, Innovation, Sustainability, Accountability and Esprit de Corps

Our core values guide our organization ensuring that we build alliances to find real-world conservation solutions to saving coral reefs and are good stewards of all that we are entrusted with. We hold ourselves accountable for creating lasting change and are continuously testing, applying, and sharing the best, innovative ideas for saving coral reefs. Our staff shares a spirit of camaraderie and allegiance to each other and our mission of saving coral reefs.

Our Story

CORAL came into existence because of the reverence and wonderment that people have for corals and the beautiful environments they create. This appreciation soon turned into a mission to galvanize the SCUBA diving community to take action to protect coral reefs. This small band of coral enthusiasts soon realized it wouldn’t be able to take on the task of protecting coral reefs alone, so CORAL began forging collaborative partnerships with the people who are most closely connected to coral reefs.

As climate change started to impact reefs, CORAL realized that it had to do more if it wanted to achieve its mission to save coral reefs- it had to start acting both locally and globally. So CORAL launched a pioneering research project to define a science-based, global solution that would save reefs and preserve their benefits for people and wildlife. With knowledge from this research project, CORAL created an innovative approach called Adaptive Reefscapes that facilitates the environment to allow corals to adapt in the era of climate change.

The fate of coral reefs might be decided in the next 25 years, but if the global coral reef conservation community can establish 45 Adaptive Reefscapes around the world by the year 2045, we estimate that we can save enough corals that they can continue to build reefs and provide benefits to people and wildlife throughout nearly all the world’s coral reefs.

CORAL has been delivering high-quality conservation programs that have made a difference in the world for 25 years. Our work has even pioneered a new area of science related to helping coral reefs to adapt at regional scales. All this has prepared CORAL to take the next step in its progression as an organization: leveraging our knowledge and reputation as a highly-trusted partner that will rally the conservation community to save coral reefs at a global scale.