Bridging Science & Diplomacy for the Future of Corals

Mission

The Transnational Red Sea Center is a scientific research center created in 2019 at the Ecole Polytechnique fédérale in Lausanne (EPFL) with the official support of the Swiss Foreign Ministry. An independent and not-for-profit organization, the Center capitalizes on Switzerland’s neutrality, its longstanding tradition of promoting dialogue and its reputation for scientific excellence in order to bridge science and diplomacy for the future of corals. In the Red Sea and beyond.

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Vision

Over the past 30 years, 50% of corals have disappeared globally due to global warming, pollution, and other destructive human activities, and only 10% are expected to survive past 2050. The demise of coral reefs means the loss of the planet’s most diverse ecosystems and poses a major threat for the stability of many regions around the globe, where hundreds of millions of people rely on these fragile ecosystems for their existence. But there is hope. Recent scientific studies have shown that corals in the northern Red Sea are extremely resistant to rising water temperatures, making the Red Sea a de facto unique coral refuge on Earth. Hence the urgent need to protect theses reefs from other sources of destruction through transnational collaboration.

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Goals

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Scientific priorities

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Expedition 2021-2024

The Transnational Red Sea Center is planning a series of expeditions on board the Swiss sailboat Fleur de Passion, as the first phase of its long-term vision. The 33-meter long ketch will be the logistics platform for scientific programs and flagship for outreach activities at the regional and global level. These expeditions are scheduled to start in July 2021 and take place over the Summer of 2021-2024, when the water temperature in the region is at its highest. Their ambition is to progressively cover the ca. 4’500 km coastline of the Red Sea stretching over seven countries: Egypt, Eritrea, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen.

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The logistical platform

The 33-meter long Swiss sailboat Fleur de Passion will be the logistical platform of the Red Sea expedition 2021-2024. The boat is a former WWII German Navy minesweeper built in 1941 in Bremen, seized by the French Navy as war compensation then converted into a sailboat in the mid-70s. Entirely renovated from 2003 to 2009 by the Geneva-based not-for-profit Fondation Pacifique, she has since then been the logistics platform and flagship for multidisciplinary oceanographic expeditions including missions in the Red Sea (2011) and on the Great Barrier Reef (2017). Read more on: fondationpacifique.org

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Media

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The TRSC and Red Sea corals in the media (selection)

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Contact

Transnational Red Sea Center
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
1015, Ecublens
Switzerland
info@trsc.org

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