What we do

The current approaches to coral conservation research and practice are not sufficient.

Projects have been relatively small and siloed, and many gaps and issues remain, both in the short and long term.

CORDAP will bring together the best minds worldwide, in a transdisciplinary approach, to accelerate international research and development in an effort to conserve and to supply the technologies and innovations required to secure a future for tropical coral reefs and deep-water corals.


A new


Unique in its time-sensitive mission, CORDAP will support, complement, and scale up existing and new initiatives working on coral reef conservation, resilience, adaptation, and restoration.

Our main priorities

Further develop and enhance R&D solutions currently being explored for coral reefs and deep-water coral protection, restoration, and adaptation.

Develop new R&D solutions for coral reef and deep-water coral protection, restoration, and adaptation.

Move potential solutions from concept to proof of concept, and from pilot scale to ready for deployment.

Develop protection, restoration, and adaptation solutions that can be deployed across the full socioeconomic spectrum and associated stakeholders, aided by a decision support system.

Partner with local stakeholders to adapt and deploy existing R&D tools and approaches to protect, restore, and adapt corals and coral reefs to local conditions.

How CORDAP will support scientific projects

CORDAP will support scientific projects, selected through global, targeted calls for proposals and reviewed by CORDAP’s Scientific and Advisory Committee (SAC). CORDAP’s selection process will follow best-practice, streamlined procedures for project preparation and selection.


Possingham HP et al.,2015, Optimal Conservation Outcomes Require Both Restoration and Protection. PLOS Biology, Public Library of Science; 2015;13: e1002052. pmid:25625277. [Paper]

Lisa Boström-Einarsson et al., 2020, Coral restoration – A systematic review of current methods, successes, failures and future directions, ********PLOS ONE. [Paper]

News & Events

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Can we save all the world’s coral?

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...

Scoping Studies: Coral Assisted Adaptation Workshop

Assisted adaptation 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...

Kick-starting CORDAP’s 2023 Scoping Studies

CORDAP launches scoping studies that will guide our use of resources to create the best possible outcomes for corals. As part of our Strategic Plan (2022-25), the CORDAP Scientific and Advisory Committee recommended that short, low-cost scoping and design studies...

CORDAP at COP 15 Montreal

The 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity will bring together governments worldwide to set new goals and develop an action plan for nature over the next decade.  COP15 will focus on protecting nature and...

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