Novel tradable instruments in the conservation of coral reefs, based on the coral gardening concept for reef restoration

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Nearly all coral reefs bordering nations have experienced net losses in reef biodiversity, goods and services, even without considering the ever-developing global change impacts. In response, this overview wishes to reveal through prospects of active reef-restoration, the currently non-marketed or poorly marketed reef services, focusing on a single coral species (Stylophora pistillata). It is implied that the integration of equity capitals and other commodification with reef-restoration practices will improve total reef services. Two tiers of market-related activities are defined, the traditional first-tier instruments (valuating costs/gains for extracting tradable goods and services) and novel second-tier instruments (new/expanded monetary tools developed as by-products of reef restoration measures). The emerging new suite of economic mechanisms based on restoration methodologies could be served as an incentive for ecosystem conservation, enhancing the sum values of all services generated by coral reefs, where the same stocks of farmed/transplanted coral colonies will be used as market instruments. I found that active restoration measures disclose 12 classes of second-tier goods and services, which may partly/wholly finance restoration acts, bringing to light reef capitalizations that allow the expansion of markets with products that have not been considered before. The degree to which the second tier of market-related services could buffer coral-reef degradation is still unclear and would vary with different reef types and in various reef restoration scenarios; however, reducing the uncertainty associated with restoration. It is expected that the expansion of markets with the new products and the enhancement of those already existing will be materialized even if reef ecosystems will recover into different statuses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-205
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by grants from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Israel , by the Ministère des Affaires, France, and by a project funded in partnership with NAF-IOLR and JNF-USA. I thank G. Paz for drawing the figures.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Elsevier Ltd.


  • Biodiversity
  • Capitalization
  • Conservation
  • Coral transplantation
  • Goods and services
  • Nursery
  • Reef restoration
  • Stylophora
  • Tradable rights

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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