Save the Coral Reef Pavilion
A tale of marine conservation unfolds with the grand opening of the ‘Save the Coral Reef’ Pavilion in Expo 2023 Doha. This exhibit stands as a testament to the dedicated efforts to preserve coral reefs and other endangered marine life species. The pavilion plays a pivotal role in increasing environmental awareness and interest in sustaining marine life.
The marine conservation pavilion was generously set up by Mubadara for Social Impact. Present at the opening ceremony were Dr. Saif Al-Hajari, current president of Mubadara for Social Impact and a renowned Qatari environmentalist, Mr. Jack Saba, General Manager of Mubadara for Social Impact, Mr. Ahmad Salman Al-Meer, founder of Blue Marine, and Mr. Tony Vargas an expert in the field of coral reef preservation.
The ‘Save the Coral Reef’ pavilion initiates a narrative of urgent need for conservation as it not only highlights the beauty of coral reefs, but also emphasizes the dire threats they face. Coral reefs are vital for the balance of ocean life and marine ecosystems – recent studies conducted have consistently concluded a direct correlation between coral reefs and fish, as fish rely on coral reefs for food and shelter. Therefore, any threat posed to coral reefs is a direct risk to our food security.
“By 2050, 90% of the world's coral reefs could disappear, and we will lose 25% of all marine life,” Saba said. Saba further mentioned the catastrophic economic and biological consequences we shall face if the coral reefs were to continue facing detrimental effects – coral reefs protect our coastal land and is a source of income for half a billion people.
The pavilion showcases large aquariums with various species of endangered marine animals which provides and immersive experience for visitors to learn about the impacts of climate change, overfishing, and pollution on these delicate ecosystems.
In essence, the inauguration of the ‘Save the Planet’ pavilion blends seamlessly with the overarching them of Expo 2023 Doha as it is an attempt to educate people about the vital role of coral reefs, challenging the misconception that they have no role past aesthetic appeal. By showcasing their significance, the pavilion aims to inspire visitors to act in their own lives to protect marine life and safeguard the planet’s biodiversity.