Coral reefs are among the oldest ecosystems on earth, and are not only hotspots for biodiversity, but also provide countless services and economic benefits to local communities.

Unfortunately, coral reefs worldwide are in crisis. Over the last few decades, global stressors related to climate change have been recognized as a significant threat to coral reef ecosystems. The combination of global and local stressors has resulted in declines in reef communities worldwide.

Managers can take actions to support coral reef resilience, thus conserving these valuable ecosystems for future generations. Coral reef ecosystems that are more resilient to the impacts of global and local threats are more likely to survive into the future.

This section includes information on why reefs are important, statistics on the stressors facing reefs, an explanation of resilience, and how to identify resilience factors. Explore the following sections to learn more.

Coral reef resilience factors can be used to help managers assess coral reef resilience. Photo © Paul Marshall/GBRMPA

Coral reef ecosystems that are more resilient to the impacts of global and local stressors are better able to resist and recover.

Last updated July 1, 2015

Value of Reefs

Healthy coral reefs are among the most biologically diverse and economically valuable ecosystems on the planet, providing important services to human communities. Learn more.

Reefs Are At Risk

Coral reefs are at risk worldwide, and threats to reefs have been increasing during the past decade. Learn more.

Coral Reef Resilience

Coral reef resilience refers to building resistance and recovery potential into reef ecosystems by reducing or eliminating stressors. Learn more.

Understanding Coral Reef Resilience

Multiple indicators contribute to resilient coral communities, some of them well known and others to be discovered. Learn more.

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