It is vital we not only protect but enhance the oceans, to safeguard blue carbon ecosystems and combat climate change through carbon capture, preservation and resilience-building. The ocean is the largest long-term carbon sink on the planet. It stores and recycles 93% of the earth’s CO2, but the rate of loss of these blue carbon ecosystems is the highest among all ecosystems.

The ocean is also vital to our business and an important economic driver – generating $3 trillion in economic value globally each year. What’s more, three billion people rely on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods.

With this much at stake, it is important we restore our oceans and natural ecosystems. We focus on blue carbon initiatives, particularly mangrove planting. This will safeguard our oceans and planet by combating climate change through carbon capture, preservation and resilience-building. We also continue to work with our partners such as the World Ocean Council and Blue Marine Foundation to support ocean health and the communities around the world.

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Yellow Gorgon Project

In a bid to protect coral reefs, which are an integral part of our lives and home to a quarter of world’s marine life, DP World has launched a coral conservation and regeneration project in the Marmara Sea.
The seas and water are increasingly essential components of life on earth. Coral reefs are often called the "tropical rainforests of the sea" for their astounding richness of ecosystems. Around 1 billion people on our planet rely on them for their lives. Hosting 25 percent of all marine species, coral reefs also buffer shorelines against waves, storms, and floods.
In additon to its corporate mission of enabling a seamless flow of global trade across all seas of the world, DP World aims to sustainably manage marine and coastal ecosystems as part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #14 on LIFE BELOW WATER.

The group’s DP World Yarımca terminal in Türkiye also has been leading a number of effective projects to preserve our seas which have a key role in the future of our planet. The port has recently launched a project aimed at conservation of corals, the source of marine life.
As part of this coral preservation project, which has been developed in cooperation with İstanbul University and the Princes’ Islands Association for Life with Sea and Sports Club, a number of dives were made off the coast of Ayvalık in the north-western Turkish province of Balıkesir and sensors were installed every 5 meters at 40-meter depth in order to measure and record water temperatures.
Fifty colonies marked to track growth

In addition, 50 colonies were permanently marked in order to measure the growth and development rates of the corals. Height, health status and other values for each coral colony were observed and recorded with this marking system, where a designated area on the sea floor was used for collecting fundamental statistical data. The marking system will remain in the region permanently and continue to collect data. Then corals from other regions will be moved to the Marmara Sea to increase the number of corals there.