Innovation helps rebuild Belize’s coral reef

Marine biologist Lisa Carne reaches down into a bed of coral in the Belize Barrier Reef. ©Chris Iovenko
Extensive coral bleaching and damage at Laughing Bird Caye National Park from Hurricane Iris. ©UNDP /Leilei Katof
Placencia native Dale Godfrey (right) is a fisherman, tour guide and the Chairperson of Fragments of Hope. ©UNDP /Leilei Katof
After Hurricane Iris struck, marine biologist Lisa Carne began to research techniques for saving coral reef systems in the Belize Barrier Reef. ©UNDP /Leilei Katof (left) and ©Chris Iovenko (right)
Micro-fragmenting has been a gamechanger, accelerating coral tissue regeneration by 25 to 50 times. ©Chris Iovenko
Coral coverage at Laughing Bird Caye National Park has increased over 44% in 16 years from less than 6% in 2001 to over 50% by 2017. ©Fragments of Hope (left) & ©UNDP /Leilei Katof (right)
Thanks to Fragments of Hope, Belize is now home to the largest living barrier reef in the world, following the declining health of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. ©Chris Iovenko
“Even though climate change itself may seem overwhelming or it may seem like your individual efforts don’t matter, there are smaller things you can do that impact local sites,”, says Lisa. © Fragments of Hope

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