Mars to expand coral reef rehabilitation programme
Food giant Mars is embarking on a new phase of its Indonesian coral reef restoration project, one of the largest single coral reef rehabilitation projects anywhere in the world.
As part of the company's volunteering initiative, the rebuilding of the reef and creation of a marine protected area is driving significant increases in fish stocks, providing food and commercial opportunities for islanders for generations to come.
As well as repairing the marine eco-system and providing job opportunities within the community, Mars maintains that the project aims to provide a blueprint for best practice coral rejuvenation, which could help transform sustainable fishing practices.
The installation of the coral will be carried out over four days starting on 9 June by ten Mars Associates taking part in the Mars Ambassador Program – a volunteer initiative, which sees Associates from across the globe come together with local workers and interns to get involved with Mars sustainability projects first hand.
As part of the project, local fishing communities will receive training in how to both nurture and improve their livelihoods through the reef in a sustainable way.