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Ecosystem Restoration

Since 1900 more than half of the planets wetlands have been lost due to drainage, pollution, subsidence, and sea level rise, as well as loss due to the construction of infrastructure such as dams and levees that alter wetland creating water flows and sediment deposits.

About 20% of the coral reefs in the world have been destroyed and show little prospect of recovery.

Waves of Change is working with groups such as Reef Relief to provide leadership in tangible ecosystem restoration projects that can serve as models for others around the world.

REEF RELIEF is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to Preserve and Protect Living Coral Reef Ecosystems through local, regional and global efforts.

The video below is one example of current research to restore and protect coral reefs.

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