SORCE – the Sustainable Oceanic Research, Conservation & Education Centre was founded in 2016 and registered as a UK Community Interest Company in May 2018. It is an initiative providing a climate for ecological awareness within both local and international communities. Through our projects, we seek to find sustainable ways to both restore and conserve biological hotspots with the support of local communities. Scientific research is at the core of everything we do – it is an essential tool that directs and drives forwards our conservation work.
SORCE is a Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) and Community Interest Company (CIC) meaning that all of the work we do is not for profit. Since we operate as a non-profit organisation all of the money received through fundraising, donations, grants and commercial activity is funnelled back into our initiatives and the running of our research and conservation facility. This means that we are able to make the biggest impact possible with the resources we have at our disposal.
Whilst we are a UK registered organisation, we are currently developing a research and conservation facility in Lombok, within the Archipelago of Indonesia. This region is within the Coral Triangle and the Wallacea biodiversity hotspot.
As a marine conservation group our primary objectives focus around the research, conservation and restoration of coral reef ecosystems. There are 798 species of corals found worldwide, 76% of which are found in the coral triangle. However, these biological hotspots cover less than 0.02% of the ocean despite holding 25% of its fish biodiversity. The coral triangle supports over 100 million people directly, most deriving a large proportion of their animal protein from the reefs and reef fishes within the coral triangle valued at $3 billion USD. Yet despite the importance of these ecosystems it is estimated that 50% of reefs worldwide are threatened. Of the 22 species of corals listed as threatened or endangered, 15 species are found in the coral triangle, 3 of which are endemic meaning that they are found in no other locations throughout the world.
This biological hotspot therefore holds significant importance for both global biodiversity and food security, making it an ideal place for our long term coral conservation, restoration and research facility.
To find out more about the research conservation and education programs that we run please visit our INITIATIVES PAGE.
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