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.
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.
Focused on research & development
Unique in its time-sensitive mission, CORDAP is the only international organization fully dedicated to funding global research and development for coral restoration and conservation.
Committed to scalability
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.
A broad impact, globally
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 coral reefs at much broader scale, delivering far greater impact.
Open to all
CORDAP ‘s open-source platform will allow anyone to advance and use the platform’s technologies. We welcome the participation of anyone with workable ideas for solving this issue, regardless of their nationality or resources.
The CORDAP platform is designed to foster new, holistic solutions by combining input from inside and outside of marine science, including mechanical engineering, 3D printing, biology, structural engineering, architecture, and other disciplines.
CORDAP was inspired by scientific consensus that the window for coral reefs is closing. CORDAP is guided by its international Scientific Advisory Committee.
Striving for efficiency
Every penny in funding that CORDAP receives will go directly to its R&D and other projects. Administration is completely handled by KAUST as an in-kind contribution from Saudi Arabia.
Equitable and inclusive
Coral reef restoration and conservation technologies are currently limited to certain regions and research centers. The outcomes of the CORDAP platform will be accessible to everyone, so that coral reef efforts and technologies may be deployed wherever they are needed—particularly in developing countries.
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.
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Lisa Boström-Einarsson et al., 2020, Coral restoration – A systematic review of current methods, successes, failures and future directions, ********PLOS ONE. [Paper]
News & Events
Saudi Arabia establishes a foundation to expedite coral reef conservation and restoration technologies
Saudi Arabia establishes the Global Platform 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 reefs worldwide. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April...
Exploring the unknown world of deep-water corals
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,...
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...
Scoping Studies: Exploring the Frontier of Coral Aquaculture Workshop
Our whole planet is suffering the impacts of climate change, but while terrestrial climate restoration projects have benefited from the agricultural revolution, which provided industrial tools for effective habitat restoration at-scale, limited innovation in 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...
Open Letter Calling for Urgent Coral Reef Action Addressed to Leaders and Policy-Makers at COP27, Ocean20 and COP15
Dear Leaders and Policy-Makers, The recent UN Ocean Conference ignited a new wave of ocean action and science clearly concluding it is now or never to safeguard the very existence of coral reefs. We have before us crucial opportunities to implement the policy,...
CORDAP event at COP 27: The future of corals in the warm Arabian Seas
Friday, November 11, 2022 2:20 pm - 3:30 pm Saudi Pavilion, Blue Zone, COP 27 On Friday, November 11, CORDAP will co-host the event 'Nature-Based Solutions and the Role of Coral Reefs: Opportunities for Ambitious Action in the MENA and Beyond' at COP27. This event...
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