Coral Reefs

Status and outlook of coral reefs around the world

Coral reefs are wondrous, diverse, productive, valuable ecosystems, upon which millions of people around the world depend. Despite their importance and value, reefs are severely threatened by both local and global threats, including climate change. This global profile summarizes available information on the status and outlook for coral reefs, including their value, threats, legal protection, and the dependence of coastal communities on these ecosystems.

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