We supported Sam Desmet, a marine biologist working at the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles (MCSS), in the creation of the Seychelles Coral Reef Restoration. It is a short documentary produced and directed by Sam about the coral reef ecosystem, its destruction and the efforts of the MCSS to restore and recover the reefs after several serious bleaching events. It was a pleasure to work with him and see that our approach of using immersive media for ocean protection already reached people working on the Seychelles.
From April until June, we worked with Sam and the MCSS on these beautiful islands to help restore their coral reefs and raise awareness for the importance of these ecosystems with our 360 video experience.
The MCSS performs many activities to help protect the marine environment of the Seychelles and already contributed to the creation of marine protected areas.
They also monitor and restore coral reefs and organise multiple local outreach programs. Even though the effort continues to restore and conserve the coral reefs on the Seychelles, climate change and other human impacts increasingly endanger their existence.
It is a problem not to be solved by one organisation only, which is why Sam wants to bring the underwater world directly to the people create an understanding in society for the lethal problems corals face nowadays.
Sam Desmet: "Hopefully, Seychelles Coral Reef Restoration will help to appreciate the beauty of our oceans and to realise that losing these important ecosystems would be a huge loss for humanity."