Seychelles has become a leader in the global effort to restore corals grown in underwater nurseries that could help fragile species adapt to rising water temperatures and climate change. The pioneer in this regard was Nature Seychelles with its Reef Rescuers project which began eight years ago: “We have grown over 50,000 coral fragments in our underwater nurseries and planted an area of about 6,000 square metres in the protected area of the Cousin Island Special Reserve, probably the largest reef restoration project in the world using the method called’coral gardening’ said Nirmal Shah, Nature Seychelles General Manager. Several other local organizations and tourism establishments were encouraged to make additional efforts to restore corals in underwater nurseries. Underwater or in-water coral nurseries are built in open water, allowing corals to grow in natural conditions without much infrastructure, thus allowing a large number of corals to grow at relatively low costs. The Marine Conservation Society Seychelles (MCSS) and other partners such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through the Global Environment Facility (GEF), have also worked hard to restore corals in several regions. Some local hotels have also undertaken coral restoration work in their surrounding waters. (…)