The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is a non-profit environmental science organization and ocean research foundation established to help preserve, protect and restore the world’s oceans and aquatic resources through research, education, and outreach. Our mission is to protect and restore ocean health by providing science-based solutions. We want to make ocean conservation a high priority and hope that our work empowers people to keep ocean resources healthy and sustainable.
The Foundation was established in 2000 by His Royal Highness Prince Khaled bin Sultan of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Since then, the Foundation has organized many large-scale scientific surveys including the Global Reef Expedition, the world’s largest coral reef survey and high-resolution habitat mapping expedition.
CURRENT OCEAN CONSERVANCY PROJECT: Global Reef Expedition
The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is currently undertaking the largest research expedition we have ever done: The Global Reef Expedition. Over the course of six years, the Expedition will circumnavigate the globe to survey and map some of the most remote coral reefs on the planet, and we are on track to complete the Expedition in 2016.
The primary scientific goals of the Global Reef Expedition are to map and characterize coral reef ecosystems, identify their current status and major threats, and examine factors that enhance their ability to resist, survive and recover from major disturbance events like bleaching, cyclone damage or crown-of-thorns outbreaks. The scientific results will be shared freely with participating countries as well as scientific and regulatory organizations, and will be used by countries to develop management strategies to protect and restore their coral reef ecosystems.