Posts under category: coral reef


Recurring bleaching in Mayotte

Major coral bleaching has been reported in Mayotte four times – in 1983, 1998, 2010 and 2016. During the 2010 event a survey carried out by the Tara Expeditions documented the bleaching in detail, estimating the full impact of the bleaching event.


A risk manager’s approach to coral reefs

Will a financial portfolio approach help to minimize losses to the world’s coral reefs, and those that depend on, them due to climate change? This is the objective of the research and conservation teams in the 50 reefs project and supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Paul G. Allen Foundation and The […]


CORDIO & Seedbeds for Transformation – SABC News

On the evening news on 10 May 2018 the South Africa Broadcasting Service broadcast a special on the Seedbeds for Transformation Conference. David Obura, Director of CORDIO East Africa was interviewed in the studio on the conference, its relevance for Africa and coral reefs. See the two SABC clips below, […]


Training on coral reef monitoring in Zanzibar

On the 2nd and 3rd of March, CORDIO led a coral reef monitoring training workshop in Jambiani on the east coast of Unguja Island, organised by Marinecultures and Chumbe Island Coral Park (CHICOP) and sponsored by Zuri Zanzibar, Buccaneer diving and other partners. The activity was organised as part of our commitment […]


Ocean Awards 2018

    David Obura is one of four finalists in the 2018 Ocean Awards, a competition run by Boat International and the Blue Marine Foundation. In it’s third year, the Ocean Awards continue to recognise and reward those that share our commitment to fixing the largest solvable problem on the […]


2017 status report on Western Indian Ocean coral reefs

Step declines in coral reef health resulted from major coral bleaching in 1998 (25% loss) and 2016 (10% loss). This is the main finding from the latest GCRMN regional report on the state of coral reefs of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) which was officially presented on 7 December 2017 […]


Refilling the coral reef glass

David Obura’s editorial in the 22 Sept 2017 issue of Science magazine ‘is the coral reef glass half full, or half empty?’ emphasizes what we need to do to save and then rebuild coral reefs, rather than give up on them. Go to the Science issue page here, to read […]