Outside the regular session, the International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) IX at Bali in the years 2000 discuss about Global Warming. This phenomenon is certainly real, not only a fantasy of the scientist. The air temperature recording in some places in Indonesia are convincing it.
Coral reefs can reduce the impact of global warming, coral Reefs in the good conditions have a wide function like split waves and reduce erosion and the reserve limestone deposition that contains carbon. These also can be functioning to reduce carbon to the atmosphere, therefore is able to reduce the impact damage on the ozone.
However, reduction of calcium on coral reefs with the bad condition caused decreasing the surface of coral reefs. As the result the sea waves is not able to split again by the coral reefs which located far below the sea surface. Soon or later, the attack of sea waves erodes land into the sea.
One of effort facing the threat of global warming is to maintain and preserve coral reefs. Imam Bachtiar, one of the observers from the University of Mataram are often reminded, "If you do not maintain the coral reefs in your coastal area, your grandchildren can not inherit the land and your house now, because 100 years will be the sea."
Will we silence until this is really happening?
Kinds coral reefs are home and a source of food for many kinds of organism under the sea. The observers of environmental announce some ideas, ideas and suggestions for the discretion of authorities to maintain the condition of coral reefs in order to work properly. One of invitation is to participating in Friends Of the Reef (FOR) at several locations in Asia Pacific. The main mission of FOR is to produce a strategy to increase durability (resistance), and springy power (resilience) so that is able to facing the threat of global warming.