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Coral Reef Degradation in the Indian Ocean - CORDIO


Bamburi, Mombasa, Kenya

Region Active:

Asia, Africa

Non-profit group



Coral reef protection, Education, Coral Reef research


An operational program under ICRI (International Coral Reef Initiative), CORDIO is a collaborative program involving researchers in 11 countries in the central and western Indian Ocean. CORDIO was created in 1999 to assess the widespread degradation of the coral reefs throughout the region. Gradually much of the research is focusing on mitigation of damage to reefs and on alternative livelihoods for people dependant on reefs that are being degraded due to climate change and other stress factors. The project is focused on research and monitoring of coral reefs of the Indian Ocean, and implements about 45 projects in 11 Indian Ocean countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Comores, Reunion, Maldives, Sri Lanka, India). About 50 scientists at local institutions in these countries carry out the projects.

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