ICRI General Meeting 31

The 31st General Meeting was be held from the 2nd to the 4th of November 2016 in Paris, France (list of participants, PDF File). 

The following documents were adopted:

In addition, ICRI welcomed 5 new members:

  • Blue Finance
  • Coral Guardian
  • Great Barrier Reef Foundation
  • GRID-Arendal
  • International Society for Reef Studies

Agenda, Member Reports, and Related Documents

Go to Member Reports and Related Documents (below)  

Agenda (PDF version)

Day 1 (Wednesday November 2nd)
09.00 - Registration
09.20 - Presentation and adoption of the agenda
  • Ambassador Xavier Sticker, France
09.30 - Handover Ceremony

09.45 - Report of activities (PDF File) from the previous Secretariat

  • Mari Yamazaki, Ministry of Environment, Japon

10.00 - Applications for Membership

10.40 - Updates from ad hoc Committees

  • Economic Valuation (PDF File), Nicolas Pascal
  • Lionfish (PDF File), ICRI Secretariat
  • Enforcement & Investigation, ICRI Secretariat
  • Coral Reef Associated Fisheries, ICRI Secretariat

11.10 - Presentation of the Plan of Action of the New Secretariat

  • Ambassador Xavier Sticker, France
12.00 - Lunch

13:30 - Theme 1 – “Contributing to raising awareness on how coral reefs and related ecosystems help fight climate change”

  • Update on international developments, Veronique Massanet, Advisor for the French ministry in charge of Envinment
  • Reminder of the objectives and actions to be implemented, ICRI Secretariat
  • Debate 
Adoption of Theme 1

15.30 - Theme 2: “Meeting international requirements applicable to coral reefs”

Adoption of Theme 2

17.45 - Tara Pacific Expedition 2016-2018, Romain Troublé, Tara Expéditions

19.00 - Cocktail - Aquarium Tropical de la Porte Dorée
 
Day 2 (Thursday November 3rd)

Theme 4: “Monitoring the status of reefs in order to better manage them”

09.15 - Regional Activities

  • Caribbean (PDF File), Julie Belmont
  • Indian Ocean (PDF File), Said Ahamada, Commission de l'Océan Indien
  • Pacific (PDF File), Aurélie Thomassin, Ministry for the Environment, France
  • East Asia, Japan
  • South Asia, Pulakesh Mondal, SACEP
10.45 - Governance of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN)
12:00 Lunch

13:30 - Workshop on monitoring after a bleaching event

The third global coral reef bleaching event (PDF File)Britt A. Parker, NOAA

Examples of monitoring activities following the bleaching event
Debate moderated by Ameer Abdulla
17:30 - Adoption of Theme 4 
Day 3 (Friday November 4th)

9:00 - Theme 3: “Contributing to reducing human threats to coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass through enhanced use of regulatory tools” 

  • Reminder of the objectives and actions to be implemented - ICRI Secretariat
  • Debate
Adoption of Theme 3

10:30 - Theme 5: “Stepping up protection through education” 

Reminder of the objectives and actions to be implemented - ICRI Secretariat

Motion on International Year of the Reef 2018

  • Raising awareness tools
  • Debate

    Adoption of Theme 5 

    12:00 - Lunch

    13:30 - Report from members 

    • French Coral Reef Initiative, Aurélie Thomassin / Pascal Colin, IFRECOR
    • Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan, Margaret Johnson, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
    • The International Workshops of Monaco - Bridging the Gap between Ocean Acidification - Impacts and Economic Valuation, Denis Allemand, Monaco (not presented)

     14:30 - Meeting’s outcomes 

    • Action Plan
    • Terms of Reference for the new Ad Hoc Committees
    • Motion(s) 
    16:30 - Closing

    Member Reports

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