Exhibition Launch - Coral Reefs: Beauty in Crisis

Coral reefs are the most diverse of all marine ecosystems, with 43% of global tropical coral reefs occurring within Commonwealth jurisdictions. Covering less than 1% of the ocean floor, they support an estimated 25% of all marine life. Because they are so diverse coral reefs are often called the rainforests of the sea. 

Very sadly, 50% of the world's reefs have already suffered irreversible damage and urgent action is needed to protect the remainder of these vibrant underwater habitats from the effects of climate change, pollution, overfishing and other problems caused by people - such as cyanide fishing, coral mining and poor tourism practices.

Indeed, coastal ecosystems play a pivotal role in many Commonwealth countries, by supporting tourism, food security and recreation, and by providing coastal protection from storms. For example, Australia's Great Barrier Reef supports 64,000 jobs and generates $6.4 billion each year for the country's economy. Some 250 million people - many in small island states and developing countries - depend directly on coral reefs for food and income, making them particularly vulnerable to their loss.

That is why, together with the High Commission for the Republic of Cyprus, we are pleased to launch the exhibition 'Coral Reefs: Beauty in Crisis' displaying the underwater photography of Terence Dormer to raise awareness of the threat to this critical ecosystem and the damage such reefs are facing. 

This timely exhibition will be launched at the High Commission for the Republic of Cyprus, 13 St James's Square, London, SW1Y 4LB from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday, 3 October 2019. Associate Fellows and Supporters of the Royal Commonwealth Society are invited to enter a ballot to attend. To register your interest please email eventsteam@thercs.org or telephone 020 3727 4300.  

The exhibition will run until Friday, 11 October 2019 and is available for members of the public to view. 

The photographs from the exhibition are available for purchase and the proceeds will support the charitable work of the Royal Commonwealth Society in promoting the value and the values of the Commonwealth - protecting the environment for future generations being one of our core areas of work. 

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