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World Resources Institute



Kristian Teleki
Director – Sustainable Ocean Initiative
World Resources Institute

Lauretta Burke
Senior Associate – Sustainable Ocean Initiative
World Resources Institute

Nicola Frost
Deputy Head of Secretariat, Ocean Panel
World Resources Institute

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The World Resources Institute (WRI) supports decision-making relevant to coral reefs through research, analysis, economic valuation, information integration and sharing and communication. We aim to overcome data silos. WRI recently led a research effort to identify the spatial data needs of multiple audiences making coastal planning, management, and investment decisions. WRI has leveraged that research to collaboratively develop a Global Coral Reef Profile, which provides consolidated, map-based information and indicators on why coral reefs are important, what threats they are facing, what makes reefs resilient, and what we can do to save them. WRI is currently developing regional-level dashboards to show the status of key variables related to coral reefs – threats to, status of, and protection of reefs, as well as their value and the dependence of coastal communities on reefs. WRI also collaborates on innovative modelling of the ecosystem service values provided by coral reefs and mangroves and provides support to associated platforms including the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy and Friends of Ocean Action with a view to catalyze ambitious and collaborative action to protect and restore coral reef and associated ecosystems. Our work is global in scope.

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Last Updated: 8 February 2021