Coral reefs may not be doomed, but we should act as if they are

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Rainbow Reef, Fiji. Photo by David Burdick, 2006

This commentary was written and posted at in response to an Opinion piece by Roger Bradbury that appeared in the New York Times on July 13th 2012. You can find the original opinion article at

Roger Bradbury’s apocalyptic vision for certain death of the worlds coral reefs clearly runs contrary to the views of the most ecologists. Headline grabbing it may be, but it requires a peculiarly singular view of the evidence to sustain his assertion.

The Power of Indigenous Leadership

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Barotse Floodplain from the sky, Zambia. Photo by Stephen Hall, 2012.

“Ensuring local ownership through genuine partnership with local communities and ensuring the participation of women – two of the principal keys to success”

Christine Sililo has the elegance of the late Princess Diana and the astuteness of Hilary Clinton – not the kind of inhabitant that immediately springs to mind in a place where 83% of people are in poverty and 53% of children are stunted. But the Barotse floodplain in Zambia is just such a place and it is where you will find Christine and her family.