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devastation came from the sea and the first casualties were the fishermen
and their coastal villages whose sources of food and protein have been
ruined. Next hit by the killer tsunamis were the coral reefs where fish
live and breed.
by Senior Scientist for Marine Biology, Dr. Austin Bowden-Kerby, Counterpart's
award-winning global “Coral Gardens” program will find a new
home in Sri Lanka, conserving and restoring coral reef ecosystems and
fisheries while promoting sustainable tourism.
International's team of environmental experts on coral reef restoration
are optimistic about the possibilities for restoring the health of reef
areas in Barbados and Jamaica through its award-winning Coral Gardens
initiative, pioneered originally in the Pacific.
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Mangrove restoration is also urgently needed to assist the local fisheries
industry. Counterpart's “Forest Gardens” program, which helps
poor farming communities restore degraded forest ecosystems and improve
food security, will also be deployed to restore and protect communities
against future disasters.