Solving the climate and biodiversity crisis is one of biggest and most urgent challenges of our times. We help coral reefs survive until we get there.
We want our reef system to become better and better. That is why we do not just build rrreefs, but accompany every implemented project with scientific investigations and a thorough monitoring program.
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The use of 3D printing to produce our rrreef bricks allows us to create complexity at different scales to meet the needs of a coral reef ecosystem. Intricate geometries and roughness at the micro scale of the bricks promote the settlement of coral larvae and a diverse benthic community, while a multitude of cavities and crevices at the different scales create diverse habitats for other marine species. Earthenware, especially burnt clay, provides an ideal substrate for corals to attach to and grow, given its porous texture and alkalinity. Moreover, the combined use of 3D printing and the natural material allows us to produce locally with local resources, cutting CO2 emissions and creating new jobs in ecosystem restoration. All it needs to incorporate the latest scientific insights into ongoing projects is to update our open source code – the beauty of digital manufacturing.
Coral reefs sustain a quarter of all animal species in the ocean. This hotspot of global biodiversity is tightly entangled with other ecosystems, influencing the wellbeing of the entire ocean and humans alike.
More than half a billion people directly depend on coral reefs as a source of their culture and beliefs, and a source of food and income through tourism, recreation, and fisheries.
Many important medicines are derived from substances originally discovered in coral reefs. And new active ingredients for medicines are still being discovered in coral reefs, making them an important and indispensable resource in pharmaceutical research.
Coral reefs are dying worldwide due to climate change, pollution, overfishing, destructive fishing practices like dynamite fishing and bottom trawling, careless tourism, coral mining, and further stressors. While most of these are local threats that can and should be relieved locally, climate change and overfishing of the entire ocean are global threats, and only globally concerted action will give coral reefs a chance to survive.
Without rapid and effective action, up to 95% of the world’s corals are expected to be dead by 2050, leaving 70000 km of tropical coastline vulnerable to erosion and destruction. Importantly, without action to halt and reverse climate change, no existing approach to help coral reefs will be successful in the long term.
To counteract global and local stress factors the International Coral Reef Society recommends three interdependent pillars of action:
• Reduce global climate threats by lowering greenhouse gas emissions and increasing carbon sequestration, preferably through nature-based solutions.
• Improve local conditions by increasing protection and improving management for coral reef resilience.
• Invest in restoration science and active coral reef restoration to enhance recovery and adaptation rates, maintain or restore biodiversity, and explore
new restoration technologies.
With our solution we work on the second and mainly on the third pillar by providing now complex habitat for coral larval to settle and grow and reef animals to life in.
Find out why structural complexity is thous important in the next section!
When corals die, the underlying reef structure loses its complexity – with direct consequences for the oceans, the planet, and human populations. A multitude of coral reef organisms lose their habitat and biodiversity drops. Since coral offspring need intricate reef structure to settle and grow, and important algae-eating fish need a certain structural complexity to live, reef recovery becomes unlikely or takes very long.
At large, this process puts the entire balance of the ocean at risk. Fisheries, tourism, and recreational value decline, and coastal areas lose their protective barriers, leading to coastal erosion, flooding, and storm damage. This threatens the livelihoods of coastal communities in multiple ways and increases the likelihood of climate flight.
For more information on the underlying causes and consequences of coral mortality and reef degradation, check the NOAA ocean service website.