Living Reefs Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation and the first of its kind in Bermuda, is dedicated to active coral restoration and sustainable conservation of the Atlantic’s northernmost reef ecosystem.
The Foundation works with government, and locally based, like-minded non-governmental organisations, with the aim of actively mitigating reef damage caused by human impact. The Foundation’s work includes research, coral planting and developing a long-term tourism/conservation partnership for sustainable coral conservation.
Since 2020, QBE Foundation’s funding has supported the Foundation’s signature project ‘The Coral Garden Initiative’, which involves the seeding, rearing, cleaning and maintenance of young corals to increase coral cover in damaged areas of reef and a diversity of coral species. This project serves to raise awareness, engage visitors and residents, and provides a scientific and educational tool in coral conservation. The initiative has resulted in improved production of young corals and improved protocols in coral cultivation. With the QBE Foundation’s funding, Living Reefs Foundation were able to build one new coral garden including installation as well as production, monitoring and, maintenance of young corals through their lifetime to build future healthy reefs. QBE’s support also covered expenses incurred in equipment, research and field work. QBE’s funding improved the production of young corals, improved protocols in coral cultivation, and supported the creation of one new coral garden, tying in with one of QBE’s priority UN SDGs, SDG 13, Climate Action.
The Living Reefs Foundation has dedicated one of their coral gardens to QBE Equator Re in thanks for our support.