They better. Coral reefs are very important in our eco system. In a Web 2.0 world, online maps are now called geographic information systems (GIS) and they could play a key part in saving the world’s endangered coral reefs.

Harnessing the power of interactive maps is Reefs at Risk Revisited, a conservation and research project headed by the World Resources Institute. It is in the process of updating its 1998 survey on the threats to the world’s coral reefs and central to the project is Google Earth.

The online map is being used to collect data from nearly 30 project partners, including WWF and Conservation International, and the final report will be freely available to the public. Aside from sea life that will be highlighted on the map, dangers to communities that depend on reefs, be it through tourism or fishing, for their livelihood will also be included.

I believe this is a very big step towards helping save the coral reefs and awareness is a good first step that can provide a huge impact in the future of the reefs.

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