Extending DIMO’s collective responsibility outside the business boundaries, DIMO Life to Reef – Coral Restoration, Monitoring and Conservation Programme was launched in November, last year. This environment protection and biodiversity conservation programme is a direct contributor towards Sustainable Development Goal #14: Life below water.
Coral reefs play a significant role in maintaining the balance of the marine eco system and is important in protecting coastlines. Conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources is not only a global priority declared by UN SDGs but also identified as one of the national priorities by National Biodiversity Strategic Plan.
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Owning to the success of our previous conservation efforts, DIMO ventured into the second phase of this project which officially started last Saturday, 1st December 2018.
The programme saw the enthusiastic participation of 45 volunteers from cross-functional departments of DIMO, recording a total of 270 volunteer hours. The volunteers contributed towards the project in different capacities; as divers, snorkelers, swimmers and underwater photographers.
This coral restoration programme is centred around the valuable Bonavista Reef in Rumassala, which has now faced the risk of destroying due to many natural and man-made reasons. The replanting of corals involved many novel methods in which volunteers could get involved in different ways. The corals tied up in cement plates and nursery racks were taken to the deep waters by DIMO divers and deposited at the bottom of the sea. They were also able to witness the growth of previously planted corals and how they have adopted to the eco-system, delivering the desired results of “season 01”. The technical specialist’s survey data confirmed that DIMO’s restoration efforts had positively contributed towards enhancing the species diversity and the biodiversity of the reef. A customized souvenir recognizing the voluntary commitment of all who took part was also given away. The souvenir added more value to our conservation theme as it was made out of disposed glasses from lighting products using minimum resources externally.