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Rebuilding reefs – creating coral ‘reef stars’ in the Seychelles

We regularly see and hear about coral reefs in the news. It is usually a sad story, focused on coral bleaching and the reduction of coral cover in areas across the globe. But there are reasons to be hopeful, with many projects exploring ways to help protect and regrow coral reef. Earthwatch is working on one such exciting coral conservation project within our longstanding partnership with Mitsubishi Corporation. 

Coral reef stars being attached together on the sea floor © Noel Janetski

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Marvellous Mangroves: Dr Wanjiru's Story

Caroline Wanjiru was supported by Earthwatch to complete her PhD. Her project focused on mangroves, ecosystems which are not only incredibly biodiverse, but that protect coastal communities from extreme weather events and support livelihoods.

We asked Caroline a few questions to find out more about her work. 

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WILD DAYS: Our favourite poems this week

A couple of weeks ago we launched a poetry competition as part of our Wild Days programme! Poetry is a great way of expressing feelings and explaining a connection with nature. It's also an opportunity for your child to channel their emotions and creativity, so, why not encourage them to enter?

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COVID-19 shows us the value of clean water…but how are we going to protect it?

Every year on 5 May, the World Health organisation marks World Hand Hygiene Day. The ‘save lives: clean your hands’ campaign is usually focused on healthcare providers, but, this year more than ever, the importance of frequent hand washing has been brought into sharp focus for the general public as we try to control the spread of COVID-19. Cleaning our hands with clean water from the tap seems unremarkable for most British people, but it is inaccessible for many people globally. 3 billion people – or 40% of the world’s population – lack access to clean water for hand washing in their homes. The fact that we need to do more to ensure clean water is readily available has never been more obvious.

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