A G20 initiative
The Coral Research & Development Accelerator Platform – CORDAP – was launched in 2020 by the G20 to fast-track research and development solutions to save the world’s corals.
CORDAP will bring together the best minds worldwide, in a transdisciplinary approach, to accelerate and scale up the development of new technologies that support international coral conservation efforts needed to secure a future for tropical coral reefs and cold-water corals.
The window to save the corals is closing
Over two-thirds of the world’s coral reefs have been lost due to human activity, and the remaining 70% to 90% of global coral reefs may disappear in the next 10-15 years.
For the first time, the functionality of an entire ecosystem that supports millions of species and people may be lost at the hands of humans.
How corals benefit us
Corals support the livelihoods of 1 billion people.
Coral reef-related tourism produces US $36 billion per year.
Reduce expected storm damages by more than US $4 billion annually.
Lower the total number of people affected by flooding by 45% annually.
Total economic goods and services: about US $2.7 trillion per year.
Corals cover 0.2% of the ocean floor but support at least 25% of all marine species.
Shelter an estimated 32% of all named marine species.
Total ecosystem services: nearly US $10 trillion per year (almost equal to the annual GDP of China)
US $12.7 trillion per year.
(Over 15% of worldwide annual GDP).
We need to innovate on behalf of corals
Current coral restoration is among the most expensive restoration, is dominated by short-term projects, suitable only for small-scale intervention, and has the lowest success rate.
Innovative technical solutions and large scale wide interventions are needed to safe the corals and reefs.
Unique in its time-sensitive mission, G20 CORDAP will support, complement, and scale up existing and new initiatives working on coral conservation, resilience, adaptation, and restoration.
Focused on research and development
CORDAP is the only international organization fully dedicated to funding global research and development for coral restoration and conservation.
Transdisciplinary international collaborations
By integrating the abilities of the world’s best scientific minds in collaborative projects, CORDAP aims to develop effective and scalable solutions that can be transferred to coral conservation practitioners.
Committed to scalability
Most coral restoration methods are suitable only for small-scale intervention. CORDAP-funded projects will accelerate the research and development of next-generation solutions to conserve and restore corals and reefs at a much broader scale, delivering far greater impact.
Open to all
CORDAP ‘s open-source platform will allow any organization to advance and use the platform’s technologies.
We welcome the participation of anyone with workable ideas for solving this issue.
How CORDAP Operates
By integrating the problem-solving abilities of the world’s best scientific minds in collaborative projects, CORDAP aims to develop effective, scalable solutions that can be transferred to and scaled up by, coral conservation practitioners.
CORDAP’s open-source platform will allow any organization to advance and use the platform’s technologies.
All donations and contributions to CORDAP will go directly to coral restoration R&D activities through a dedicated foundation.
CORDAP Funding Awards
The Coral Accelerator Program (CAP) will award funds to multinational collaborative teams with impactful ideas that lead to significant discoveries, innovations, and improvements in coral conservation and restoration.
News & Events
The G20 Coral Research and Development Accelerator Platform (CORDAP) has launched a new Call for Proposals for its Coral Accelerator Program (CAP) 2023. US $18 million is expected to be granted in this call to innovative solutions which help secure a future for all...
CORDAP R&D Technology Roadmap for understanding natural adaptation and assisted evolution of corals to climate change
Experts release a roadmap for harnessing the potential of assisted evolution to help save corals. The IPCC predicts that if warming reaches 2°C, 99% of all coral reefs will be lost in less than 30 years. It is clear that to ensure the future of corals, the...
Dignitaries and leading Saudi entities come together to support Saudi Arabia’s global leading role in the fight to save corals 28 August, Riyadh – Dignitaries and leading Saudi entities joined host G20 Coral Research & Development Accelerator Platform...
On the 30-31st May, our Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) met in London to review our progress and assess our plans for the coming year. This group of 19 renowned international coral scientists, managers, and engineers, drawn from around the world, provide...
The third of our scoping studies' workshops took place between 10-12th May 2023, in Fornebu, Norway. Recommended by the CORDAP Scientific and Advisory Committee, these workshops aim to explore new ways of protecting and restoring corals and help to identify key...
Saudi Arabia establishes a foundation to expedite coral reef conservation and restoration technologies
Saudi Arabia establishes the Global Coral R&D Accelerator Platform Foundation (CORDAP Foundation) to support the G20 Coral Research and Development Accelerator Platform (CORDAP) effort to develop the science and technology required to conserve and restore coral...
Corals often conjure up visions of shallow water, white sands and tropical fish. But go a little deeper and you’ll find a very different organism Introducing deep-water corals. They don’t need the sun’s rays to survive,...
We believe science is redefining what’s possible.It’s our mission to save all corals. Some experts suggest this is impossible. But it is precisely the role of science to redefine the boundaries of the possible.Corals and reefs are among the most vulnerable...
Assisted evolution is the use of human interventions to speed up the natural evolutionary process. Used effectively, it could potentially allow coral species to adapt faster than they would if left unaided, allowing reefs and corals to keep pace with the...
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