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WATER

Restoring Marine Life to nurture ecosystems

The world is facing a growing challenge with water scarcity. Freshwater resources are finite, and factors like climate change and population growth are putting a strain on these resources.

Through innovative initiatives and community-driven efforts, nature:re water aims to enhance marine biodiversity and support the livelihood of communities around.

Our Solution

We are taking actionable steps to rebalance our planet to reconnect us to nature. In Mumbai alone, 25% of this is untreated sewage that is discharged into the waters. Moreover, pollutants from infrastructure construction works and plastic waste result in coastal dumping. 

In an attempt to reverse the damages, we have installed 210+  modules to create an artificial reef in the Arabian Sea near Worli. These carefully designed structures mimic natural reefs, providing a habitat for a variety of marine life. They provide food for marine life and protection for small fishes from apex predators.

By creating a haven for organisms like algae, mussels, and barnacles, the artificial reefs become magnets for fish. This not only increases fish populations but also fosters a return of native species that may have disappeared due to habitat degradation.

Why reefs?

Over the years, fisher folks in the city have been experiencing a drop in their incomes due to the declining fish population. Here’s where th reefs come into picture. As the reefs mature, they increase the sea surface area (about 50-60 sqft per module), which results in more productivity and biodiversity. 

The benefits of this project extend far beyond the underwater world. These structures filter pollutants, enable blue carbon sequestration and improve the overall water quality. This leads to a healthier ecosystem not for just the marine life, but also for the local fishing communities who rely on these resources.

But we don’t do it all alone. To catalyze marine restoration, we team up with civil society partners, government officers and scientific experts and drive change in the space.

We have installed 3 types of Reef modules into the sea

Reef Fish module

Supports all kinds of marine life

Grouper fish module

Specific to grouper fish (apex predator)

Well-ring module

benthic fauna (crustaceans)

Across our water conservation initiatives, we’ve made tangible strides in water conservation efforts. 20 farm ponds have been excavated, facilitating rainwater harvesting and restoring ground-water table. There has been a percolation of 56,720 cubic metres of water in 2023. These farm ponds are structured with precise dimensions and equipped with proper inlet and outlet structures to efficiently collect surface runoff from the farm area. Additionally, we’ve restored one community pond, enhancing water availability for the local community.

An artificial reef is a concrete structure made from cement and steel. When immersed, they initiate the formation of bacterial biofilm, which covers the surface of the artificial reef modules.

An artificial reef is a concrete structure made from cement and steel. When immersed, they initiate the formation of bacterial biofilm, which covers the surface of the artificial reef modules.

Barge carrying reef modules that are ready for installation.

Barge carrying reef modules that are ready for installation.

The installations of artificial reefs have yielded positive results in some coastal states in India, note reports.

The installations of artificial reefs have yielded positive results in some coastal states in India, note reports.

While artificial reefs offer numerous benefits, their success depends heavily on careful placement. They thrive on sandy bottoms and shouldn't disrupt existing habitats. This makes location a critical factor in attracting marine life.

While artificial reefs offer numerous benefits, their success depends heavily on careful placement. They thrive on sandy bottoms and shouldn't disrupt existing habitats. This makes location a critical factor in attracting marine life.

These reefs also protect coastlines from big waves and storms, preventing erosion. People love visiting these reefs for activities like snorkelling and diving, which brings in tourists and helps local economies.

These reefs also protect coastlines from big waves and storms, preventing erosion. People love visiting these reefs for activities like snorkelling and diving, which brings in tourists and helps local economies.

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