This pilot project was initiated to aid the restoration and rehabilitation of coral in the Andaman Islands, by actively creating conducive conditions for them to thrive.
In a first-of-its-kind project in India, Re(ef) Generate uses physical and biological restoration methods which involves attaching naturally broken coral fragments onto underwater metal structures connected to a Mineral Accretion Device to help them grow faster into an extension of the natural reef. These devices, based on the principle of electrolysis, supply a mild current through a solar source to the iron frameworks ensuring quicker accretion of calcium carbonate. Studies show that coral that is aided with this technology, grows faster and ensures that the coral has more of an energy budget to be used to survive warmer temperature spells and coral disease.
From its inception, it has grown from two metal structures to six to the present nine and has provided much insight into the aetiology of the coral.