Climate change and other factors lead to rising water temperatures that upset the symbiosis between the coral polyps and the algae that nourishes them. This causes the coral to slowly starve to death exposing its bright white mineral skeleton (so called coral bleaching).
Furthermore, rising amounts of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere causes the acidity of seawater to increase. This makes it harder for coral to build skeleton which ultimately puts all marine life depending on coral reefs at risk.
In just a decade, the coral cover in Bahía Culebra has decreased from 60% to 4%, added to the loss of diversity of fish and invertebrates.
In February 2019, the first workshop was held to plan a coral gardening pilot in Guanacaste thereby establishing an organized group to develop a comprehensive solution for coral restoration in Costa Rica. As a result, a public-private alliance was created between the National System of Conservation Areas, the University of Costa Rica, the German Cooperation Agency, the tourism company Península Papagayo and Raising Coral Costa Rica.
In 2020, the alliance established a cooperative agreement to launch a coral restoration plan in the area. In August 2019, the first theoretical-practical coral reef restoration workshop was held in Guanacaste and, a month later, the first three nurseries with coral fragments were installed in Playa Jícaro.
With your $50USD, $USD200, or $USD350 donation, you will cover the annual costs of maintenance of one of our coral fragments, small or large frames. We will release an annual impact report to make sure all our donors receive the latest updates and information on the impact of their donations.