ICRI News

2011-02-18 05:15

On February 23, 2011, the World Resources Institute and more than 25 partners will be launching Reefs at Risk Revisited, a new comprehensive analysis of the threats to coral reefs. The release will take place globally, with launch activities in Washington, D.C.; London, England; Malaysia; Australia; and other locations.

2011-02-15 04:35

The Social and Environmental Research Institute (SERI) is conducting research in Puerto Rico on coral reefs and tourism. We are documenting the degree to which snorkelers and divers engage in behavior that could be damaging to the coral reefs of Puerto Rico. We will also measure the effectiveness of reef etiquette messages at changing people's underwater behavior. We believe that a positive message can help build awareness to keep the reefs healthy and still serve as attractive places for tourists and local residents to visit and recreate.

2011-02-13 15:35

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet et Marie-Luce Penchard ouvrent la conférence " quel avenir pour les récifs coralliens ? ", le lundi 7 février 2011 à 09h30 au Palais de la Porte Dorée à Paris.

La conférence « Quel avenir pour les récifs coralliens ? » s’inscrit dans la cadre de l’année des outre-mer. Elle doit permettre à la France de valoriser auprès des décideurs français et de la communauté internationale les actions engagées dans les collectivités d’outre-mer, de tirer les enseignements de l'année internationale de la biodiversité et d’établir, au regard de ses engagements nationaux et internationaux, la feuille de route de la France en matière de préservation des récifs coralliens pour les années à venir.

2011-01-24 06:33

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the period from 2011 to 2020 as the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity in its Resolution 65/161:

2011-01-24 05:26

Central Queensland Floods: Impact on the Great Barrier Reef - Information SheetCentral Queensland Floods: Impact on the Great Barrier Reef - Information Sheet
ICRI members will have learned of the recent major flood events in countries including Brazil, Sri Lanka and Australia. Sadly, these events have had significant environmental and tragic human consequences.

In Australia, the flood waters which recently hit central Queensland towns are now flowing into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

2011-01-18 16:44

Marine Biodiversity Pacific Outlook ReportThe report provides a clear overview of key areas of the marine ecosystems contained within a combined Regional EEZ of approximately 29 million km2.

Major marine environmental issues identified in the Pacific islands region include impacts from environmental change, habitat loss and the effects of coastal modification, invasive species, fishing pressure as well as land and based marine pollution.

2011-01-08 10:54

Disease in tropical coral reef ecosystems: ICRI Key messages on coral disease

There is a clear consensus from the growing scientific literature that large-scale coral disease outbreaks represent a significant threat to the productivity and diversity of coral reef ecosystems. Global climate change has the potential to greatly increase the prevalence of coral disease worldwide, leading to a rise in associated coral mortality.

2011-01-05 06:14

We would like to share with you that the release date for Reefs at Risk Revisited is set! We will launch the report on February 23, 2011 with two simultaneous events on each side of the Atlantic—one in Washington, DC and one in London. More details on the times and venues will follow as the date gets closer. Reefs at Risk Revisited is an update of WRI’s 1998 global analysis of threats to coral reefs using new high-resolution data and improved modeling methods. This is the first Reefs at Risk study that evaluates climate-related threats and the social vulnerability of coastal communities to reef degradation.

2011-01-05 05:25

On December 30th the Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs the Honorable Mr. Franklin Myers signed a major step towards marine environmental protection for the country St Maarten when he approved the establishment of the Man of War Shoal Marine Park.

The boundaries of the Marine Park are between 18̊ ̊N and 17 ̊-57.0 N and 63 ̊-01.03 W and 63 ̊- 04.05 W, in an area better known as “the Proselyte Reef Complex ". This area includes the island’s most ecologically and economical important marine habitat, including extensive coral reef areas and seagrass beds. This area was chosen to be a priority for official conservation because of its intrinsic ecological, economic and cultural value.

2010-12-16 17:43

UN General Assembly (UNGA) Second Committee Adopts a Resolution on Coral Reefs

2010-12-15 05:55

The World Bank, together with IUCN and ESA PWA, announced the release of a brief for decision-makers entitled, "Capturing and Conserving Natural Coastal Carbon – Building mitigation, advancing adaptation." This information brief highlights the crucial importance of carbon sequestered in coastal wetlands and submerged vegetated habitats like seagrass beds for climate change mitigation.

Coastal wetlands, such as mangroves, tidal flats and salt marshes, along with seagrass beds sequester large amounts of carbon within their plants and especially in the soil. However, degradation of these habitats--as a result of drainage, conversion and reclamation--can result in substantial and ongoing emissions of greenhouse gases.

2010-12-08 09:29

29 November 2010 - This background paper, produced by IUCN in collaboration with ONERC, follows the proceedings of the IUCN conference "The European Union and its Overseas Entities: Strategies to Counter Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss", which took place on Reunion Island from 7 to 11 July 2008. The paper offers for the first time a comparative analysis of the 28 overseas entities of the European Union. It starts with a thematic analysis presenting the transversal threats on overseas entities in the face of climate change. Subsequent sections, specific for each of the 28 entities, provide some contextual data and an overview of their remarkable biodiversity, in addition to presenting the new threats resulting from climate change.

2010-12-08 04:15

Cancun/Nairobi/Plymouth, 2 December 2010 - The future impact of rising emissions on the health of seas and oceans may be far more wide-ranging and complex than was previously supposed, a new report released at the UN climate convention meeting in Mexico says.

The study, entitled the Environmental Consequences of Ocean Acidification, has brought together some of the latest scientific research on 'ocean acidification', a process triggered by increasing concentrations of dissolved C02 which is changing the sea's chemistry by lowering the pH of the marine environment.

2010-12-01 11:34

New research highlighting coastal locations where coral can better withstand rising sea temperatures, a leading cause of stress to coral reefs, may guide efforts to conserve the largest living structures on Earth.

2010-11-29 06:47

The CoReMo project (Coral Reef Monitoring) version 3, developed by ARVAM and funded under an agreement with Réunion Regional Council, the Ministry of Overseas France and the European Union; has been released.

2010-11-29 06:27

3 November 2010: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has relaunched the Global Coral Disease Database (GCDD), an online database for coral disease information, providing interactive maps and dynamic statistics of world-wide coral disease distribution.

2010-10-28 16:14

Climate, Carbon and Coral Reefs

26 October 2010 - The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have released a report titled "Climate, Carbon and Coral Reefs," outlining the threat to coral reefs caused by climate change and subsequent coral bleaching, as well as by ocean acidification.

2010-09-16 18:05

The Caribbean Regional Lionfish Workshop was held at the Radisson Hotel Hacienda in Cancun, Mexico from August 25 to 27. The workshop was organized and funded by the National Commission for Protected Areas (CONANP), Mexico, the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), U.S., and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S., and the government of France (ICRI Co-Secretariat). The workshop was chaired by Ricardo Gomez Lozano, director, Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park.

2010-09-15 04:30

The Governments of France and Samoa, as co-hosts of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat, organized tge 25th ICRI General Meeting in Apia, Samoa from the 8th to the 12th of November 2010. An executive summary and the documents adopted during the meeting are now available.

Remarks and opening by the Honorable Faumuina Liuga, Minister of Natural Resources and EnvironmentRemarks and opening by the Honorable Faumuina Liuga, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment

 

2010-09-13 14:24

The NOAA Coral Reef Watch (CRW) satellite coral bleaching monitoring shows sea surface temperatures (SSTs) continue to remain above average throughout the wider Caribbean region. Large areas of the southeastern Caribbean Sea are experiencing thermal stress capable of causing coral bleaching. The western Gulf of Mexico and the southern portion of the Bahamas have also experienced significant bleaching thermal stress.

2010-09-10 06:46

Preserving Reef Connectivity: A Handbook for Marine Protected Area Managers aims to help managers of coastal areas, in particular those of coastal marine protected areas (MPAs), understand and apply the concept of connectivity in their work. Connectivity issues relate to the movement in marine environments of water – and with it sediments, nutrients and pollutants – and of marine organisms. This makes it an important element to consider when contemplating the effective design of MPAs and MPA networks and most other aspects of coastal management.

2010-08-25 14:58

The Reefs at Risk Revisited project continues to move forward and we are scheduled to launch the report in early 2011. Over the past few months, the team has completed the modeling of threats to coral reefs and has focused on writing and revising the report text. For those who are new to the list, we are sending out these updates to share our progress on the Reefs at Risk Revisited project with our partners and interested parties. This sixth progress report will take you through the past few months of the project and our upcoming plans for next quarter.

2010-08-25 02:22

For the first time since 1998, mass coral bleaching is affecting coral reefs across a wide area of Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean. Bleaching has been reported in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Maldives, and parts of east Africa. Coral bleaching is caused by increasing sea temperatures associated with global warming.

2010-08-10 04:54

Nations, organizations, and individuals around the world have joined the International Year of the Reef 2008 (IYOR 2008)-from international to national, from university to village children, and every level in between-to raise awareness about the value and importance of coral reefs and threats to their sustainability and to motivate people to take action to protect them. A tremendous amount of material (in several languages) was produced during the year, including educational DVDs, posters, children's books, and much more. More than 630 events were organized in over 65 countries, territories, and economies around the world.

2010-07-30 09:18

SIOBMPA Management BoardHillsborough, Carriacou - As part of an effort to preserve Carriacou’s stunning natural environment, the Sandy Island/ Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area (SIOBMPA) will be launched on Saturday July 31st, 2010 at 6:30PM. The SIOBMPA comprises an area of 787 hectares on the southwest coast of Carriacou. It is considered to be one of the most important marine ecosystems in the region and a culturally significant area for the people of Carriacou.