Coral reefs contain a dazzling variety of species and are considered among the world’s richest ecosystems. But in the Maldives, the reefs have in some places been reduced to clumps of gray chalkstone. Climate change is to blame, but also sewage and trash deposited in coastal waters, as well as careless divers.
Coral reef expert Ameer Abdulla from the nature conservation organization IUCN wants all stakeholders to take responsibility for preserving the reefs. He’s set up the "House Reef" project - which is part of the Blue Solutions network funded by the International Climate Initiative - to convince hotel managers to set up private marine conservation zones with the help of marine biologists.