GDRI coral reefs
International Research Group – GDRI coral reefs
The objectives of GDRI « Biodiversity of Coral Reefs » are to promote collaboration between key centres of coral reef research across the world to conduct interdisciplinary research on the relationship between man and ecosystem, and to describe and analyse coral reef biodiversity from the level of the community to the molecule in order to understand the potential for adaptation of these fragile ecosystems to environment disturbances and also to predict the effects of global change.
The GDRI groups together the best teams concerned with coral from around the world. As Mr Serge Planes, Director of the GDRI pointed out “the context of this group of scientists shows our determination in implementing action for the management of the coral reefs through sustainable development ». The goal of the meeting is to achieve a common research process so as to manage these fragile ecosystems more efficiently.
It would seem that close to two thirds of the coral reefs are threatened by the impact of the climate and economic development. They are exposed to the pressures of human activity such as overfishing, sediments related to deforestation and the discharge of fertilizer and chemicals. Coral reefs provide a home to over 30% of marine biodiversity and represent an essential source of income for over 500 million individuals across the globe.