Coral reefs are the most diverse, productive marine communities on earth and create the biggest, most spectacular structures made by living organisms. They provide food and other essential ecosystem services to millions of people around the world but are facing a number of threats, on both local and global scales. In response to this, a whole host of global organisations working towards the conservation of these unique and important habitats.
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Coral Cay Conservation's Work
Coral Cay Conservation’s work involves building local people’s capacity to manage their own natural resource. By working with local, national and international NGO's and governments using the 'bottom-up' approach we can provide ecological data and designate marine protected areas to help preserve these fragile ecosystems, while aiding and empowering local communities in the surrounding areas.
Coral Cay Conservation’s marine conservation projects consider each of these factors:
Local: engaging stakeholders through alternative livelihood provision and capacity building e.g. skills training, environmental awareness schemes, award and scholarship scheme and much more.
National: collaborating with NGOs and government departments to ensure more effective
International: promoting the project work and outputs at international forums and through relevant media to encourage greater support for work 'on the ground'.
CCC assists coral reef conservation by conducting surveys of these natural resources in countries with limited financial and technical resources to do the job themselves. This information can then be compiled and analysed in order to formulate recommendations for sustainable management and conservation. Sustainable management plans can only be developed by local stakeholders through well-informed decisions requiring a basic knowledge of the existing resources within the area.
Collected information is compiled into user-friendly reports that allow resource users and managers, such as fisherfolk and local government officers, to make decisions regarding resource use. Reports are made available to institutions wishing to incorporate the information in their own research.
You can contribute to CCC's on-going scientific work by becoming a Volunteer. Every volunteer contributes valuable data to a wider conservation effort. Your surveys contribute to the development of environmental databases, resource maps and other outputs. Unfortunately it is not possible to compile reports regarding the data collected by individuals but all data is summarised in regular reports.
All of CCC’s reports that are currently available for download can be found at:
The website is regularly updated and changed. As such it may not feature all outputs produced at a particular expedition location. However, CCC’s head office holds an extensive library of past reports, outputs, and other literature relating to the work of CCC, that we welcome you to consult.
For further information please contact CCC's science department: firstname.lastname@example.org