Study: Coral reef preservation depends on land use

By on June 7, 2013
Coral Reef (Credit: NOAA)

Scientists from The University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute led a study showing that more effective land use will be instrumental in preventing further damage to the world’s coral reefs, according to a release from the school.

Researchers studied four watersheds near coral reef ecosystems in Madagascar that mirror most of the climate zones of the world’s coral reef regions.

The study showed that avoiding soil erosion and sediment pollution stemming from human activities, such as deforestation, is crucial for reef preservation.

Researchers concluded that to best preserve the world’s reefs from sedimentation, specific reforestation goals would need to be implemented for different regions to ensure proper land allocation.

Image: Coral Reef (Credit: NOAA)

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