French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity

Email: Phone: +33 1 80 05 89 25 URL: Company Description: The Foundation for Research on Biodiversity is a platform for the different scientific players and biodiversity stakeholders in the civil society. It was created in 2008, following the Grenelle Environment Forum, with the support of the ministries for research and ecology and eight public research institutes, joined by LVMH in 2014. Generating innovation, promoting scientific projects in association with society and developing studies, overviews and assessments are at the core of the foundation’ missions. Up until now, more than 230 structures, associations, businesses, managers and public authorities have joined the FRB with the aim of interfacing scientific biodiversity challenges together. Relation to Coral Reefs: On the occasion of the International Year of the Reefs, the Foundation for Research on Biodiversity, the Oceanographic Institute - Albert I - Prince of Monaco Foundation, the Criobe, the Platform ocean & climate and the French initiative for coral reefs (Ifrecor) has organized a conference to transfer the latest scientific knowledge to the stakeholders and an evening open to the general public on 20 June, 2018. This event made it possible to take stock of the services rendered by corals and their ecosystems, their state, health and threats they face. Then, two round tables brought together scientists, managers and civil society actors to discuss i) the mobilization and necessary adaptation of governance to put in place new tools for better protection of spaces and species, and to limit direct or indirect anthropogenic pressures and (ii) the latest scientific knowledge of the functioning of coral reefs and innovative management solutions to develop them at larger scales. This afternoon was followed by an evening with the projection of the film Chasing Coral, directed by Jeff Orlowsky and produced by Netflix.

Trust for Sustainable Living (TSL)

Phone: +44-(0)1635-202444
URL: Company Description:
Join the conversation about a sustainable future. Test your knowledge and help build a better future. Relation to Coral Reefs: Coral reefs are vulnerable to climate change and global warming. But until global greenhouse gas levels actually start falling, it will be difficult to protect coral reefs over the longer term. ’Drawdown’ is the point in time when the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere starts to decline on a year-to-year basis. Working in partnership with Project Drawdown, TSL has developed an online game called the ‘Drawdown Challenge’. Project Drawdown identified 100 climate change solutions and ranked them based on their potential to reduce greenhouse gases. Due to the huge scale of the challenge, all of the solutions should be implemented as no single solution will be enough to save our precious coral reefs. Can you guess which solutions will have the most impact?

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Fernando Bretos, Director of Marine Conservation
Dr. Rivah Winter, Curator of Aquarium Content & Marine Science Inventor in Residence
Phone: 305-968-84579 | 305-434-9635 Email: | URL: Company Description:
Frost Science inspires and connects people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy science and technology, and to better understand ourselves and our world. Relation to Coral Reefs:
Frost Science is committed to educating the public about the importance of coral reef ecosystems and the need for restoring these valuable habitats. The Museum supports reef restoration through our Museum Volunteers for the Environment conservation program. MUVE partners with the University of Miami’s Rescue a Reef program to engage citizen scientists to maintain coral nurseries and outplant fragments of the threatened staghorn coral on local reefs. In addition, the Inventors in Residence Coral reef Lab is a public-facing experimental wetlab and molecular lab, where Museum visitors can interact with coral scientists directly and learn about the cutting-edge research taking place in the Museum. Researchers in the Inventors’ Lab are working to improve the heat resistance of nursery-grown corals, with the goal of increasing their survival in the face of climate change and improving the efficiency of existing conservation efforts

Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth

Contact: Robert Ross Phone: 607 273 6623 x18 Email: URL: Company Description:
The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) pursues and integrates education and research, and interprets the history and systems of the Earth and its life, to increase knowledge, educate society, and encourage wise stewardship of the Earth. PRI serves public audiences in part through its two public venues, the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center. Relation to Coral Reefs:
The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) facilitates scientific understanding of the evolutionary history of coral reefs through research collections and publications, and promotes conservation of current and future coral reefs through public outreach. PRI's outreach program is focused around two reef tanks at PRI's Museum of the Earth, contrasting coral reef organisms of the Caribbean and of the Indo-Pacific. The tanks are displayed in the area of the Museum focused upon past and present climate change, and help inform about the implications of climate change on low latitude marine ecosystems. Docent interpretation and coral reef programs for elementary schools complement the exhibits. More broadly, the Museum exhibits contain many dozens of fossils of corals and other reef organisms that are part of the story of the history of Earth systems; implications of changes in climate, sea level, and marine biodiversity are integrated into associated signage throughout.

Institut Océanographique, Fondation Albert Ier , Prince de Monaco

Email: Phone: +33 (0)1 44 32 10 94 URL: Company Description:
For more than 100 years, the Oceanographic Institute has been committed to enhancing the knowledge of the ocean and promoting its sustainable management and rational and efficient protection. It has two locations :

  • The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco : built on the edge of the mythical Rock of Monaco, the “Temple of the sea” was founded by the Prince Albert I, great great grandfather of HSH Prince Albert II. It is a word class aquarium, presenting about 400 species, from both the Mediterranean and tropical seas, to 650.000 visitors each year.
  • The “Maison des Océans” in Paris : hosts a cluster of ocean-related institutions, and is a prestigious event center in the heart of the Paris. These two locations host international conferences bringing together experts, entrepreneurs and political decision-makers to discuss the main challenges of sustainable management of the ocean.
Relation to Coral Reefs:
The Aquarium in Monaco was the first in the world to keep and breed corals. This expertise, developed with the Monaco Science Center, enables us to showcase living corals in all our tropical tanks. By presenting these amazing creatures, our aim is to raise the public’s awareness of the incredible biodiversity and fragility of coral reefs. The Oceanographic Museum relays to the general public Monaco’s commitment for coral protection. From July 2018, until June 2020, the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) is jointly co-chaired by Monaco, Australia and Indonesia. Along with The Monaco Scientific Center and the Prince Albert II Foundation, the Oceanographic Institute addresses the impact of climate change, ocean acidification, unsustainable fishing and pollution on coral reefs.

World Ocean Network

Contact: Manuel CIRA Email: Phone: URL: Company Description: The World Ocean Network is an association that represents more than 450 partners amongst which Educational organizations, aquariums, science and research centers, museums, zoos that welcome over 250 million visitors every year. Relation to Coral Reefs: Our role, with all our partners, some of which happen to be coral islands, is to make citizens aware of the ocean providing them with scientific knowledge. We want citizens to know their impact on the Ocean and the impact that the Ocean has on their everyday life. Among other actions, World Ocean Network is active on social Medias to pass on scientific information. As an example, during the World Ocean Day we relayed on our Facebook pages “Citizen of the Ocean” and “Blue Society”, and on Twitter, information related to the importance of the coral reefs. We also promoted Alexis Rosenfeld’s photo exhibition on the corals (along with our partner Nausicaa). The better we teach, the better will be the respect of our marine riches.


Contact: Manuel CIRA Email: URL: Company Description:
NAUSICAA, the French National Sea Centre in Boulogne-sur-Mer (France) is much more than just an aquarium… It is a Centre where the unique marine environment can be discovered in a fun, educational and scientific way, with a primary focus on the relationship between Mankind and the Sea. On 19 May 2018, NAUSICAA unveils to the public its new exhibition route all about the Open Sea and becomes one of the world’s biggest aquariums. Relation to Coral Reefs:
Since its first expansion in 1998, NAUSICAA has presented corals through illustrations, videos and tanks. Visitors can learn about coral, its life, the complexity of the reef environment in which thousands of species live and the importance of reefs for mankind. NAUSICAA’s handlers have developed the very special technique of “breeding”and has created its own nursery. With a few broken-off pieces of coral which are attached to bases with non-toxic resin, NAUSICAA’s handlers create lots of cuttings which are grown in a nursery in reserves and then transplanted onto the flat in the exhibition, where they develop harmoniously thanks to the daily care given to them. All of the coral species in NAUSICAA’s tanks grow there, in one of the world’s largest “cultivated” coral reefs. In the new exhibition of NAUSICAA, a slope which can be seen from the tunnel will home to 10,000 coral fragments grown in this nursery.

Underwater Earth Limited

Contact: Lorna Parry | Christophe Bailhache Phone: +61 (0)411 54 54 59 | +61 (0)424 580 565 Email: | URL: Company Description:
We are driven by a simple, single-minded vision - to reveal the ocean to the world. The ocean is out of sight and out of mind. How can anyone love and care for something they cannot see and cannot understand. Relation to Coral Reefs:
Our main focus to date has been coral reefs. Most people do not understand or appreciate their critical importance; the issues they are facing; what needs to be done to protect them. Our work since 2010 includes taking Google Street View underwater, introducing the world to virtual diving on coral reefs; conducting the most comprehensive scientific survey of coral reefs across 26 countries; capturing 1 million+ panoramic images creating the world's largest coral reef visual archive; announcing, revealing, tracking the Third Global Coral Bleaching Event which in turn, has become the subject of a major Netflix documentary; creating award-winning VR coral reef films that engage, entertain and educate; and most recently, devising, project managing and communicating the 50 Reefs initiative, a global plan to help save coral reefs.

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