By the Numbers
60% decline in live coral over the last 30 years
70% of beaches eroding at a significant rate
3x Funds raised through the Defend Paradise campaign will help triple the area of marine protected areas in the Caribbean
Why Defend Paradise?
The Caribbean is famous for its beautiful white beaches, brilliant turquoise waters, vibrant coral reefs and unique cultures, which attract more than 25 million visitors from around the world each year. Yet, due to myriad threats, reefs are disappearing, beaches are eroding, and many fish, turtles, sharks and other marine species are in decline.
The Nature Conservancy’s Defend Paradise campaign empowers people everywhere to celebrate and protect paradise, whether they’re enjoying a Caribbean vacation or just looking to experience more paradise in everyday life. To do this, we need the support of individuals, companies, and other partners—making commitments, big and small—to make real change happen.
Together, we can help protect and restore the beauty of the Caribbean and its magical marine life for future generations of visitors and the people of the Caribbean alike.
Funds raised from the Defend Paradise campaign support one of the most ambitious marine conservation efforts in history, The Caribbean Challenge Initiative, which aims to triple the size of marine protected areas in the region by 2020.
Activities supported may include:
- Creation and management of marine parks
- Restoration of coral reefs
- Sustainable fishing
- Sustainable tourism
- Ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change
- Reduction of marine pollution