The future of the next generations is in our hands!
THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN ELVA SENSES AND MY CORAL GARDEN AIMS TO FUND REEF RESTORATION AND CONSERVATION ON A LONG-TERM BASIS. FOR EVERY KG OF MATERIAL WE SELL – WE PLANT A CORAL IN THE DEDICATED ELVA SENSES CORAL NURSERY IN MALAYSIA AND LEAD MARINE BIOLOGY SURVEYS.
Therefore, this partnership aims to bring together baby development with ocean conservancy in a meaningful way and with an objective: preserving our planet to preserve the future of our children!
MY CORAL GARDEN is a social enterprise that builds resilient coral reefs by creating a synergy between the private sector, the international scientific community and reef restoration local actors (NGOs, local communities). The aim is to engage corporates and private citizens to take part in Ocean conservation in a meaningful and impactful way: Blue Economy for coral reefs
The Elva Senses nurseries will be installed off Malaysia's coasts, starting in March 2019. The nurseries are built in eco-friendly metal, shaped in a dome-like structure. One dome can host between 20 and 25 corals. This substrate is particularly efficient for coral growth and fish habitats, as it allows small-sized-species to hide from predators and get their nutrients.
Coral reefs cover only 0.2% of the Ocean floor, yet they are home to 25% to 30% of the world's marine biodiversity. A 1 square kilometer reef produces on average 15 tons of food per year, and participates in local economies through fishing or tourism activities. It is estimated by the UNEP that 60% of the world's population depends indirectly on coral reefs.
Like other coastal ecosystems such as mangroves or seagrass, coral reefs are major carbon sinks that play a significant role in mitigating global warming. Like them too, they act as a natural barrier against climatic disasters and erosion: a reef reduces on average 97% the intensity of the waves for the coastal villages!
Coral reefs are therefore central ecosystems for our planet, which emit the oxygen we breathe (the Great Barrier Reef in Australia emits for example more oxygen than the Amazonian Rainforest!) and condition our survival as humanity. Yet it is estimated that we have lost between 30% and 40% of coral reefs irreversibly over the past 30 years.