Status of Coral Reefs in East Asian Seas Region: 2004

Photo credit: The Ocean Agency

The East Asian Seas Region, the area including North-East and South-East Asia, bear coral reefs with the world’s richest diversity, which is very important in light of biodiversity conservation.

These reefs are also indispensable for local communities because they provide livelihood and economy as fishery and tourism bases and protect land as a natural breakwater. However, they are at high risk of destruction due to coastal development accompanied with the rapid population growth in the neighboring coastal area.