Coral Importance

Ecosystem

As foundation species of the ocean, Coral provide habitats and shelter for many marine organisms.

It is one of the most important biodiversity hotspots on earth, hosting over one million plant and animal species.

They combat climate change by assisting in carbon and nitrogen fixing.

Economy

Over half a billion of people depend on coral for food, income and protection.

The net economic value of the world's coral reef is estimated to be 300+ billions of dollars a year.

For example, the Great Barrier Reef generates more than 1.5 billion dollars every year for the Australian economy.

Exploration

Provides beautiful diving and snorkeling spots that allow you enter the colorful world of the sea.

There are over 2,500 types of coral hosting millions of species of marine life.

Known as “rainforests of the sea,” coral reefs cover less than 1% of the ocean but are home to almost 25% of all known marine species

Our Programs

Community Education Programs

We engage rural communities in coral planting so they can restore their reefs and feed their families long term. Our education programs are made possible by collaboration with local governments and companies all over the pacific. This includes raising awareness about the importance of coral to their livelihoods, and the use alternative tools in restoring local reefs and building coral gardens.

Tourist Experiences

Creating opportunities for tourists to get involved in a unique coral experience. We work with local dive shops, surf camps, resorts and more to offer half and full day practical excursions. Learn all about the importance of coral, the planting process, build eco-friendly frames, and contribute to the cause.

Meet Our Team

Co-Founder: Debora KOCAK

An Advanced Scuba Diver, Debora grew up exploring the oceans and admiring the beauty of coral reefs. Debora is a graduate of Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Laws and has worked with the PNG Interact Club, bringing education materials to rural villages. Having lived and grown up all over the world, including Papua New Guinea, Debora is extremely passionate about Hiri's mission.

Co-Founder: Igo GARI

Igo is completing his PhD in sustainability, researching methods of increasing sustainability in rural villages. Igo has over 10 years experience coordinating rural development projects in the Papua New Guinean government. He has led multiple coral restoration programs and is extremely passionate about making sure future generations will benefit from coral.

Partnerships & Collaborations