24.1 C
Basseterre
Monday, October 19, 2020
Home News Press Release Coral Mapping Technology to Accelerate Reef Restoration and Protection in the Commonwealth

Coral Mapping Technology to Accelerate Reef Restoration and Protection in the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth Secretariat is joining forces with Vulcan Inc. to help member countries manage their ocean spaces via cutting-edge mapping technology.

Commonwealth countries are responsible for more than a third of the world’s coastal ocean, and 45 percent of its coral reefs.

The new tool will use satellite technology to create country-specific data and generate high-resolution images to help map, manage and monitor coral reefs in the Commonwealth.

Announcing the initiative in time for World Reef Awareness Day, 1 June, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said: “The threats confronting our ocean are numerous and can be perceived by governments as overwhelming, with 90 percent of coral reefs at risk of disappearing within the next few decades due to climate change.

“That is why Commonwealth leaders launched the Commonwealth Blue Charter in 2018, which is a shared commitment from all 54 member countries to tackle urgent ocean issues together. Our partnership with Vulcan Inc, as well as others in the private sector, academia and science networks, will work to translate our vision into meaningful on-the-water actions.”

Building on the technology behind Vulcan’s Allen Coral Atlas – a public platform that converts data from a range of sources to generate detailed maps, images and alerts on coral reefs – a dynamic interactive coral reef map will be hosted online on the Commonwealth Innovation Hub. The information it contains will support marine ecosystem planning, management, governance and community action in member countries.

Chuck Cooper, Managing Director of Government and Community Relations at Vulcan said: “We have already lost 50 per cent of the world’s coral reefs which support the safety, well-being, and economic security of hundreds of millions of people. The Allen Coral Atlas is helping to provide foundational data which inform critically important conservation efforts. Working with Commonwealth countries, we can change the trajectory of the coral reef crisis.”

The joint project will be unveiled with a special virtual presentation on World Oceans Day, 8 June.

This event, titled ‘Mapping the Commonwealth one coral reef at a time,’ will also feature presentations from three Blue Charter Action groups, focusing on: Coral Reef Protection and Restoration, Ocean and Climate Change, and Mangrove Ecosystems and Livelihoods.

The Commonwealth Blue Charter is implemented by 10 country-driven action groups that share experiences and coordinate action to tackle ocean challenges. The presentations will highlight how the groups work together and the importance of accurate and live data to support management decisions.

Most Popular

Election Petition Ruling Adjourned To October 30

By Clive Bacchus St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The High Court reserved its decision on the election petition filed by People's Action Movement candidate for...

CXC Chairman: There Is Now An Urgent Need to Address Concerns of Stakeholders

By Clive Bacchus St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Chairman of the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) Council Sir Hilary Beckles says a review of this year's...

South Caribbean Sea in Possible Danger of Oil Spill: Trinidad and Tobago on Alert

By Kevon Browne St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): According to an article on Newsweek the Venezuelan-flagged Nabarima vessel has been sitting idly off the Venezuelan...

American Airlines Plans To Return Boeing 737 To Service At Year-End

WASHINGTON--American Airlines Group plans to return Boeing 737 Max jets to service for passenger flights by the end of this year depending on certification...

EU Grants Caribbean Countries 3 Million Euros To Secure COVID Vaccine

(BVI News) The BVI is one of 24 Caribbean countries that will benefit from The European Union’s (EU) grant of 3 million euros given...

Football Membership Wants NC Return, Executive Ousted

(Trinidad Guardian) T&T could be back in the fold of FIFA and be among the teams to contest the CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary rounds...

18 Schools Benefit From USAID and CARICOM Community Funded Water Security Project

Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): Eighteen schools across the twin-island Federation have benefited from the recently launched USAID and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Climate Change Centre...

As Virus Flares Globally, New Strategies Target Hot Spots

NEW YORK (AP) — After entire nations were shut down during the first surge of the coronavirus earlier this year, some countries and U.S....

Parliament Approves New Residency Requirements For Voters

By Clive Bacchus St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The National Election Amendment Bill (2020), passed in parliament on Thursday (October 15), requires citizens to register...

SVU: No Complaint of Sexual Harassment Received From Female Ranks

By Kevon Browne St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): A lengthy post from a concerned citizen cast a suspicious shadow on the Royal St. Christopher and...

OPEN IN NEW WINDOW

Contact a Program
If you are interested in a program or advertising, send us a message.
Send Message
Signup for our Newsletter
We'll only be in touch when we've something exciting to share.
We never share your details
No thanks
Subscribe