In future, conservation efforts to preserve coral reefs will increasingly depend on the adaptation capabilities of corals, an aspect rarely addressed in the past. This project aims at promoting a conservation strategy that accounts for the adaptive potential of corals against bleaching. To do so, we elaborate a Seascape Genomics methodology to assess conservation priorities and apply it to the UNESCO world heritage reef system of New Caledonia. This genomics-based tool will be used to inform local authorities on conservation priorities and the methodology transferred to any reef system around the world.
SABLE project is a joint project between ENTROPIE lab (at the Institute of Research for Development, New Caledonia), and the LASIG lab (at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale (Lausanne, Switzerland).