2018 was a year of great opportunities for coral reefs. Coral reefs host 30% of the oceans ecosystem but 6,000 species—and the services of coral reefs to humans—are threatened by, among other things, climate change. A collective effort during this year could generate the necessary awareness on international level to mobilize partners who could create change. The BNP Paribas Foundation is one of the actors through its involvement in research on climate change. The Foundation’s Climate Initiative program supports a research project aiming at measuring and predicting the consequences of global warming on coral reefs. Between 2017 and 2019, a team of researchers from France, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the role of every coral fish species ecological role around the French Polynesian islands.
ASTC and the BNP Paribas Foundation are partnering to increase people’s awareness of the threats to coral reefs and ways that scientists try to save them with the help of the public. Local and international science centers and museums, as well as scientific researchers, are involved and are supported by the foundation and/or working with ASTC to provide quality scientific content through an interactive experience.