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G eo F
actsheet
September 2001 Number 118
CORAL REEFS ­ Ecosystem in
Crisis?
Introduction In the year 2000, 10% of the world's coral reefs were either totally dead or degraded beyond recovery. Unless action
is taken in the next ten years this will rise to over 30% - indeed…

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jewellery. This trade supports many `native' craft industries around the world.
· provide coral which can be mined as a source of lime for cement. Many tropical countries lack alternative basic building
materials.
· provide ideal habitats for education and scientific research because of their high biodiversity combined with their…

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Blast fishing, coral mining, collection for tourist trade and use of poisons.
Destroyed by coastal development and sedimentation.
Destroyed by blast fishing, coral mining, tourist trade and coastal development.
Tourism, sedimentation from coastal development.
Collection for tourist trade, coastal development, mangrove destruction/ sedimentation and damage by boat anchors
Key:
Distribution…

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G eo F
actsheet
September 2001 Number 118
CORAL REEFS ­ Ecosystem in
Crisis?
Introduction In the year 2000, 10% of the world's coral reefs were either totally dead or degraded beyond recovery. Unless action
is taken in the next ten years this will rise to over 30% - indeed…

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jewellery. This trade supports many `native' craft industries around the world.
· provide coral which can be mined as a source of lime for cement. Many tropical countries lack alternative basic building
materials.
· provide ideal habitats for education and scientific research because of their high biodiversity combined with their…

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Blast fishing, coral mining, collection for tourist trade and use of poisons.
Destroyed by coastal development and sedimentation.
Destroyed by blast fishing, coral mining, tourist trade and coastal development.
Tourism, sedimentation from coastal development.
Collection for tourist trade, coastal development, mangrove destruction/ sedimentation and damage by boat anchors
Key:
Distribution…

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