Climate & Biodiversity Initiative
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10.10.2017 | Corporate philanthropy
For the launch of REEF SERVICES, an unprecedented study on the world’s coral reefs, the BNP Paribas Foundation has invited YouTubers Dr Nozman and Sally Le Page and the String Theory channel to make a series of videos on the threats faced by this unique ecosystem.
In 2016, 93% of the Great Barrier Reef suffered from bleaching and approximately 80% of the coral in Kiribati, Samoa, Fiji and Tonga was already dead. In 2017, the same Pacific reefs are bleaching again: it is the first time in history that two worldwide events of this kind have occurred in two consecutive years.
For the first time, a large-scale international study, “REEF SERVICES” will be carried out by a team of researchers based in France (Université de Montpellier, IRD, Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Perpignan, CNRS, Université de Perpignan), the United Kingdom (University of Lancaster – Lancaster Environment Centre), the United States (SymbioSeas in Wilmington, Smithsonian Institution in Washington) and Australia (James Cook University – ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Townsville), conducted by Valeriano Parravicini from l’École Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE) at CRIOBE with the support of the BNP Paribas Foundation.
Launched early October in Moorea for a period of three years, the purpose of the « REEF SERVICES » study is to measure and predict the consequences of global warming on the coral reefs and the services they provide.
From the 6th to the 13th October, they have been invited to join the study’s scientists in Tahiti and Moorea to give day-by-day coverage as the project is set up and research begins. Follow their official accounts for a daily sneak preview!