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Whales play an important role in climate change. Just like the ‘rainforests of the sea’: coral reefs. Globally these are home to around a third of underwater organisms.

A not-for-profit organisation in Papua New Guinea, site of a number of endangered reefs, was recently recognised for its work by the UN’s environmental programme.

Using GPS and underwater audio equipment, over 40 women from the island state’s indigenous population are collecting data on the reefs.

Thanks to their analysis, 20 zones have already been designated marine protected areas.

These ‘Champions of the Earth’ are passing on their knowledge to raise awareness and help maintain biodiversity in the area.

A move that also guarantees food for the local supply chain.

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