The 50 Reefs initiative was funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and Paul G. Allen Philanthropies. It was created in partnership with The Ocean Agency, the Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society.
The partnership was established in 2017 with the ambitious goal of identifying a global portfolio of coral reefs with a good chance of both surviving the impacts of climate change and being able to help repopulate neighboring reefs. The funders, and the conservation community, are encouraged that the study actually identified a greater number of reefs than they had originally anticipated.
The 50 Reefs initiative has resulted in the first-ever research of its kind to create a global portfolio of coral reefs anticipating climate-related risks. The scientific study, published in June 2018, can be read in Conservation Letters. This publication marks the climax of the 50 Reefs initiative.
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