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How We Do It

Explore the World of Corals

Why are corals important?

Coral reefs are one of the most important ecosystems on our planet. They are home to 25% of all marine species and are a source of food for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. They also protect coastal communities from erosion and high waves.

Fascinating creatures

Corals are animals too! And very interesting ones. They work together with algae to produce their own mineral as a calcium carbonate skeleton. You will always see a coral as a colony; many individual polyps (like upside-down jellyfish) combine to create the colony of corals that we swim over.

What is the worry?

Besides local disturbances and pollution, coral reefs suffer greatly from increasing ocean temperatures and acidification. In the Maldives, a country that has little influence on large greenhouse gas emitting countries, the effects of a degrading coral reef will be felt greatly.

Special restoration technique

Soneva Coral Restoration deploys a variety of coral restoration techniques. The aim is to scale up coral restoration and create diverse and resilient corals.

Soneva Coral propagation

Mineral Accretion Technology

Mineral Accretion Technology (MAT) channels low voltage electricity through the coral tables. As electrons flow, calcium carbonate deposits accumulate on the structures, helping the corals grow up to four times faster than other propagation methods and significantly increasing survival rates.


Micro-fragmentation, a groundbreaking method, involves delicately breaking healthy coral colonies into minuscule pieces, nurturing them in controlled micro-fragmenting tanks until they flourish, and subsequently transplanting them onto damaged reefs. This innovative approach not only accelerates coral growth but also augments genetic diversity, creating a protective environment crucial for successful coral restoration.

Coral Spawning and Rearing Lab

The Coral Spawning and Rearing Lab replicates on land the environmental conditions necessary for coral spawning, meticulously controlling parameters such as light, temperature, moon cycles and more. This allows for increased fertilization and recruitment rates of corals in these controlled conditions. They are then grown in the tanks and subsequently transplanted back onto damaged reefs.

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Mozambique Forest Restoration 

In 2022 we engaged Eden Reforestation Projects to plant 3.7 million trees in Matica Sede, Mozambique, over a period of four years – starting from January 2022. A key component of the project is to use indigenous tree species, based on the mimbo forest type, which are planted by the local community. To date, 893,186 trees have already been planted.
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Hornbill Reintroduction

The Hornbill is an important species for the island as it helps spread the seeds of bigger trees, which improves the biodiversity of the forest. Around 40 years ago, hornbills disappeared from Koh Kood, Thailand. The Soneva Foundation is working with the Hornbill Research Foundation to reintroduce hornbills on Koh Kood in Thailand.
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Coral Propagation

The Maldives is an island nation with an enchanting underwater beauty. Corals play an important role in ocean biodiversity, with 25% of sealife living on the reef.  The Soneva Foundation has set up one of the biggest coral nurseries in the world using Mineral Accretion Technology (MAT).
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Clean Water Projects 

760 million people globally still lack access to safe drinking water and 2.6 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services. The Soneva Foundation has funded over 500 projects in 53 countries that provide access to clean water or basic sanitation services to over 750,000 people worldwide.
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