Nurturing life in ocean

The climate crisis is an ocean crisis, and coral reefs are bearing the brunt.
Delta trains up employees to restore coral reef ecosystems.
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The climate crisis is an ocean crisis, and coral reefs are bearing the brunt.

According to IPCC, the ocean is warmer, more acidic and less productive under climate change. Covering 70% of our planet's surface, the ocean absorbs about 90% of the excess heat. It provides plentiful resources and regulates the Earth’s climate. However, the rate of ocean warming between 1993 and 2017 has more than doubled compared to 1969-1993 period. Marine heatwaves with notable ecological impacts, such as coral bleaching, have been occurring more frequently and intensely.

Let’s hold the warming to 1.5°C and recover marine biodiversity

Global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C by 2030, which may cause 90% of coral reefs to disappear. Coral reefs cover less than 0.1% of the ocean floor, yet are home to nearly one-quarter of all ocean species. They are even called the "tropical rainforests of the sea" for their astounding richness of life. Per year coral reefs also represent an astonishing $36 billion in economic value to the world, and support more than 500 million people’s livings.

Many countries devote efforts to coral restoration and marine protection

The “30x30” ocean campaign has swept the world. It calls on countries to protect 30% of the world's oceans by 2030. Coral reef restoration is regarded as one of effective ways to recover marine ecosystems. The efforts are now implemented in at least 56 countries according to the UN. In Taiwan, both official and non-governmental organizations have been dedicated to the restoration respectively in Penghu, Xiao Liuqiu and the northeast coast. On the other hand, Australia has launched “Coral Watch” scheme, which uses a chart to determine coral reef health and builds up an international network of coral reef monitoring. Another website, Coral Net, establishes a benthic images database and integrates artificial intelligence to monitor coral reefs.

Delta’s action: coral restoration

Coral reefs in Taiwan waters suffered the worst bleaching last year

The first global bleaching event occurred in 1998 during a strong El Niño. At that time, coral reefs outside Dongsha Atoll also experienced bleaching. The world’s largest coral reef, Great Barrier Reef, has suffered three mass bleaching events from 2016-2020. Recorded not a single typhoon in 2020, Taiwan observed the worst coral bleaching in history due to high sea temperature. The country's largest coral island lost approximately 55% of its corals.

Delta trains up employees to restore coral reef ecosystems

This year Delta partners with professional marine conservation teams to restore coral reefs along northeast Coast of Taiwan. The scheme is expected to help over 1,000 coral fragments propagate in the next three years. To achieve the goal, Delta is training up about corporate volunteers to build the nursery for coral reefs. Delta also invited the landscape artist, Kuei-Chih Lee, to create a meaningful art installation "Birth". Its iron frames and detachable trays could be conducive to corals growth.

Delta’s actions: ocean documentaries

Life in the coral reefs

Oceans sustain the climate systems, supplying oxygen for life and keeping the running of the world. However, they are facing multiple threats. Delta invited the former NHK Japanese photographer, Mr. Hiroyuki Nakagawasai, to record the most vibrant coral ecosystem in Palau.

Water with life

“Water with Life” was produced by Delta and Japan’s NHK Enterprises to capture the beauty and diversity of water resources in the four seasons of a year. It also depicts the subtle relationship between human’s lives and climate change.