About Corals Matter


In the frame of the third International Year of the Reef (IYOR) in 2018, the BNP Paribas Foundation and Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) are working together to create a unique experience for science center and science museum visitors to understand the threats to coral reefs and associated ecosystems, the action of researchers trying to save them, and how we all can help.


This toolkit is the result of collaborative work by many people and organizations that are international leaders in coral reef conservation and awareness. Their contributions helped identify the main messages for the toolkit and provide the unique resources that are available through this site.

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People’s lives are intertwined with the health of oceans and coral reefs 


Coral reefs are good for people. Healthy coral reefs provide the source of food for hundreds of millions of people around the world.  They are self-healing structures that can prevent storm waves battering coastal areas where many people live. Coral reefs are among the most beautiful places in the ocean.  Their diverse and colorful species attract people from all around the world. Even those of us who live far away from reefs can be touched by the good they do for our global neighbors.  Each of us can find and join organizations to learn more and to find ways to help protect what matters for both people and corals.

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