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The 8th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 8) to the Nairobi Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Eastern African Region convened under the theme, "Conserving the Marine and Coastal Environment for the Western Indian Ocean for the next 30 Years."

The Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative (HRI) today released its 2015 Report Card for the Mesoamerican Reef, recording an improvement in reef health from ‘Poor’ in 2012 to ‘Fair’ this year, primarily due to increased fish biomass. The report is based on a new study of 248 coral reef sites along 1000 km of the Caribbean coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, which were monitored for living coral cover, fleshy macroalgal cover, herbivorous fish biomass (parrots and surgeonfish) and commercially important fish biomass (snappers and groupers). New this year to the Report Card is a collection of detailed indicator maps of coral reef condition on a variety of spatial scales.

In a country plagued by extreme poverty and political instability, Jean Wiener led community efforts to establish the nation’s first Marine Protected Areas by empowering Haitians to see the long-term value in sustainably managing fisheries and mangrove forests. Haiti is home to an incredibly diverse array of marine life, housed in mangrove forests and coastal reefs. It is also the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 80 percent of the population living in poverty. Natural disasters and political instability have further hampered the nation’s ability to create meaningful economic opportunities for its citizens.

The CORAL Conservation Prize offers a unique opportunity to recognize outstanding leaders of reef conservation around the world. It aims to support worthwhile local coral reef conservation efforts, provide a platform to highlight coral reefs within the local, national, and international media and provide incentives for continued work in all regions of the world. Last year, we were thrilled to award Nyoman Sugiarta, a fisherman from Bali, the inaugural CORAL Conservation Prize.

From 2002 to 2011, the Coral Reef InitiativeS for the Pacific (CRISP) project aimed to develop a vision for the future of coral reefs and the communities that depend on them and to introduce strategies and projects to conserve their biodiversity, while developing the economic and environmental services that they provide both locally and globally. Also, it was designed as a factor for integration between developed countries (Australia, New Zealand, Japan, USA), French overseas territories and Pacific Island developing countries.

Albion February 26, 2015 - The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) organized a regional workshop for exchanges and training on coral reef monitoring at Albion Fisheries Research Centre, Mauritius, from 24 to 26 February. The IOC-Biodiversity and IOC-ISLANDS projects funded by the European Union and the IOC project for the sustainable management of coastal zones (GDZC) funded by the French Global Environment Facility (FGEF) have together united their efforts to improve coral reefs monitoring capabilities of some forty scientists, technicians, administrators and NGO representatives who participated in the workshop.

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