Along with rainforests, coral reefs and mangrove forests are among the most productive ecosystems in the world: they protect beaches and coasts from tsunamis and erosion and serve as a habitat and nursery for thousands of animal species. Plastic waste in our oceans threatens these sensitive habitats. In our picture gallery, KfW photo editor Thomas Kuhn takes you to Indonesia: a marine area with the highest biodiversity in the world, but also with a rapidly increasing concentration of plastic waste.
Indonesia – coral reef near Halmahera
The island of Halmahera is part of the northern Maluku Islands and lies in the middle of what is known as the coral triangle. As one of the world's most biodiverse marine areas, it is home to more than 3,000 species of fish and nearly 600 different types of stony coral, beside numerous soft corals. An intact coral reef is not only a habitat for many species of flora and fauna, it also offers protection from coastal erosion and can lessen the impact of storm surge waves and tsunamis.
Published on KfW Stories: Friday, 14 December 2018