Mars Assisted Reef Restoration System

Mars Sustainable Solutions
Published: 10 May 2021
Last edited: 20 May 2021
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Summary

The Mars Assisted Reef Restoration Solution is a low-cost community-based reef restoration solution that is rapid and scalable. Our supply-chain approach to reef restoration diversifies and maximises community participation. We choose appropriate sites around the world and work closely with local communities and partners to rebuild reefs on degraded rubble fields. We use hexagonal 'Reef Star' structures, each with 15 sustainably harvested coral fragments attached. We deploy Reef Stars in an interlocking web across rubble beds - it is possible to install >5000 coral fragments per day. The web of Reef Stars stabilises loose rubble and provides a platform for rapid coral growth and full reef development within 3 years. We monitor socio-ecological performance and have developed a training programme for marine park managers, conservation practitioners and tourism operators. More information is at our website www.buildingcoral.com

Classifications

Region
Caribbean
Central America
Oceania
Southeast Asia
Scale of implementation
Local
Ecosystem
Coral reef
Marine and coastal ecosystems
Theme
Habitat fragmentation and degradation
Islands
Local actors
Restoration
Science and research
Sustainable livelihoods
Tourism
Urban and Disaster Risk Management
Resilience and disaster risk management
Challenges
Loss of Biodiversity
Ocean warming and acidification
Sea level rise
Tropical cyclones / Typhoons
Ecosystem loss
Lack of technical capacity
Sustainable development goals
SDG 14 – Life below water
Aichi targets
Target 1: Awareness of biodiversity increased
Target 5: Habitat loss halved or reduced
Target 10: Ecosystems vulnerable to climate change
Target 15: Ecosystem restoration and resilience
Business engagement approach
Direct engagement with a company

Location

Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia | Mexico, Australia

Impacts

Environmentally, we see rapid coral growth, leading to 12x increases in coral cover and full reef development within 3 years. We also see increases in fish abundance and biomass, and the return of charismatic fauna such as turtles and sharks.

Socio-economically, we facilitate high levels of involvement and engagement with community-led conservation and restoration. This creates opportunities for employment, skills development, education, sustianable development and community empowerment. 

Further details of our impacts are available at our website www.buildingcoral.com

Contributed by

Tim Gordon Mars Sustainable Solutions