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The Prince of Wales hosts a meeting to discuss how organisations can work together to help save the world’s coral reefs

14th February 2018

The Prince of Wales speaks at a meeting on the health of coral reefs

Today The Prince of Wales hosted a meeting in London to discuss how organisations can work together to improve coral reef health.

The meeting, which was organised by The Prince’s International Sustainability Unit, brought together marine experts and global organisations to explore how different sectors can work towards helping coral reefs recover from threats such as pollution and climate change.

Prince Harry was also in attendance to hear his father's speech and learn more about the work being done to protect coral reefs. 

The International Year of the Reef (IYOR) 2018 is a year-long campaign of events and initiatives to promote coral reef conservation.

At the Our Ocean summit last October, The Prince of Wales, with Prince Albert of Monaco and Jordan's Queen Noor, launched the Coral Reef Life Declaration, which seeks commitments from coral reef countries to protect them.

A speech by HRH The Prince of Wales at the International Sustainability Unit's meeting: "International Year of the Reef 2018 – An Opportunity for Increasing Coral Reef Resilience through New Collaborative Models"

Published on 14th February 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen, can I just say it is enormously heartening to see so many people here today, especially when I know how very busy you all are and the vast distances many of you have travelled to be at this meeting, and I apologise if during what I have to say, it may be teaching grandmothers to suck eggs – you know so much more about all these things than I do! 

But nevertheless, this event is vitally important, for while the world – apart from one or two outposts here and there – has begun to focus, at last, on the profound perils of climate change, far too little attention has been given to the increasingly devastating impact of climate change on the Ocean and its biodiversity.  Even when set against the dire backdrop of the destruction of the tropical rainforests and the burgeoning illegal wildlife trade, the plight of the world’s coral reefs stand out in stark and desperate relief.

Now as you all know infinitely better than me, the reefs are by a long way the most diverse of marine ecosystems, whose biodiversity provides critical balance and equilibrium to our planet’s biosphere and helps to maintain the resilience needed to withstand the natural changes of a dynamic planet and even, up until now at least, have provided a buffer against the damage of the emerging Anthropocene period.  It is, for me, literally incredible – and deeply irresponsible – that people seem to have regarded the loss of these rich natural systems as somehow just being the ‘price of progress’, rather than the ar ...

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