Islanders on Mnemba Island, part of Tanzania’s Zanzibar archipelago, are saving their Indian Ocean coral reef from near-destruction.

Just a few years ago, climate change and human activities were threatening the reef’s survival, endangering both livelihoods and the ecosystem.

Through a conservation initiative, locals are restoring the reef by growing coral in underwater nurseries and creating artificial reefs.

Their efforts have significantly revived the “house reef,” attracting marine life and reducing harmful practices like dynamite fishing and unregulated tourism.

The project’s success has led to government protection of the area and plans to expand similar efforts across other threatened reefs in Zanzibar.

Credit : BBC

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