Coral Reefs are vital ecosystems. They shelter a vast amount of marine biodiversity and sustain millions of people through the services they provide: fishing, tourism and protection from erosion and storm surges. Unfortunately reefs worldwide are under tremendous pressure and are struggling to survive. Climate change, destructive fishing practices, river run-off, marine pollution and poorly managed tourism are among the major contributors to their decline.
The Coral Reef Fund provides opportunities for individuals and organisations interested in the health of coral reefs to give funds that will affect positive changes on the reefs and in the attitudes of people who use and enjoy them. ICRAN projects emphasise a holistic approach – including sustainable natural resource usage, economic needs, training, capacity building, and the exchange of traditional knowledge and scientific research. Providing support to the Coral Reef Fund will enable ICRAN to continue and strengthen sustainable coral reef conservation activities.