When Hurricane Iris hit Belize in 2001, it ravaged almost all of the country’s coral reefs
. The devastation signaled bad news not only for the surrounding marine life but also for the local communities who rely on reefs
for food, work, and protection from storms and erosion. Now, thanks to a community-driven coral restoration project, the reefs are once more thriving.
The comeback is part of a decade-long conservation project coordinated by the Belize-based nonprofit Fragments of Hope. Marine biologist Lisa Carne founded the project with little support from funders, many of whom said that it would be impossible to restore the hurricane-ravaged reefs.
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