Saving Coral Reefs Through Wastewater Management
Coral Reef Alliance
The Coral Reef Alliance aims to improve the health of both humans and coral reefs by implementing regionally replicable and community-informed solutions for proper wastewater treatment. The Mesoamerican Region (MAR) has the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere and some of the last healthy populations of critically endangered corals. The MAR is critically endangered, and extensive reef monitoring data show that fish biomass is declining and macroalgae are increasing (macroalgae reduce reef resilience by interfering with coral growth and recruitment) — the abundance of macroalgae is attributed to both top-down effects (reduced herbivory by parrotfish and urchins) and bottom-up drivers, including nutrient pollution from untreated and inadequately treated sewage. The team will work with local governments, donors, and communities to implement effective wastewater management, to create resilient human and ecological communities across the Mesoamerican Coral Reef.
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