ICRI News

2010-07-28 07:16

Since June 25, 2010, ICRI has a new co-chair: Ambassador Jean-Pierre Thébault, French Ambassador for the Environment (since Ambassador Stefanini has moved to another position).

Ambassador Thébault is familiar with ICRI, since he was the diplomatic Counsellor to the Minister for Regional Development and Environment while France was chairing ICRI in 1999.

2010-07-08 06:37

June 20, 2010 (© AFP). An oil spill off the Egyptian Red Sea coast of Hurghada, threatening to damage marine life in the area, has prompted environmental agencies to demand tighter regulation of offshore oil platform.

2010-07-05 06:05

This working paper looks at the benefits that coastal ecosystems provide to the Dominican Republic. The studies highlight the contribution of coastal ecosystems to the economy and the need for greater investment in protecting coastal and marine ecosystems, including better management of marine fisheries, protection of existing reserves, and enforcement of coastal development guidelines.

2010-07-02 05:32

The Oceans Day at Nagoya—the first-ever Oceans Day at a CBD Conference of the Parties-- held on October 23, 2010, during the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP 10, October 18-29, 2010) in Nagoya, Japan, brought together more than 150 participants from 35 countries representing all sectors of the global oceans community--governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and the scientific community--to emphasize the importance of marine and coastal biodiversity as a common concern of humankind and essential for preserving life on Earth.

2010-06-08 06:10

Gland, Switzerland, and Bonn, Germany, 8 June, 2010 – (IUCN) Climate change is hitting coastal areas hard: rises in sea levels, ocean acidification, extreme events, bleaching and death of coral are all climate impacts which will require adjustments socially and economically. A new IUCN report, published today, provides practical guidance for coastal communities and industries to adapt to climate change.

By 2015 half of the world's population will be living within 100 km of the coast.

2010-05-31 09:06

Global Biodiversity Outlook 3 CoverGLOBAL BIODIVERSITY OUTLOOK 3 Natural systems that support economies, lives and livelihoods across the planet are at risk of rapid degradation and collapse, unless there is swift, radical and creative action to conserve and sustainably use the variety of life on Earth.

That is a principal conclusion of a major new assessment of the current state of biodiversity and the implications of its continued loss for human well-being.

2010-05-26 04:40

As a result of a United Nations General Assembly resolution passed in December 2008, World Oceans Day is now officially recognized by the UN as June 8th each year.

2010-04-29 08:19

A new report spearheaded by the CARIBSAVE project under UNDP funding highlights the impacts of climate change on Caribbean nations and natural resources. In particular, the report highlights the difference in the impacts at the 2.0°C increase being pushed by many UN negotiators vs. the 1.5°C increase promoted by the Alliance of Small Island States. The report focuses on: the implications of ice sheet melt for global sea level rise (SLR); the projections and implications of SLR for the Caribbean region; evaluation of the differential impacts of +1.5° and +2°C on coral reefs, water resources and agriculture in the Caribbean, with additional analysis for the Pacific islands.

2010-04-28 10:50

The 6th ICRI East Asia Regional Workshop will be co-hosted by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR), Thailand and the Ministry of the Environment (MoE), Japan in collaboration with the ICRI Secretariat. This will be the final ICRI regional workshop to be held as part of the three years program focusing on MPA networks and East Asia region since 2008, and it is expected that the "ICRI East Asia Regional Strategy on MPA Networks" as well as several other ongoing associated activities will be finalized and/or to be reviewed for finalization.

2010-04-09 09:09

The following update is valid at 17 May 2010 (information provided by John Baldwin, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority):

Following a successful refloat on 12 April, the Shen Neng 1 was towed to calmer waters nearer the Queensland coast for damage and stability assessments. It was determined that the vessel would need to have its cargo removed prior to being towed overseas for repair. Operating on technical and environmental advice, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) authorised for the vessel to be towed into the lee of Fraser Island approximately 250 km to the south.

2010-04-09 09:05

Gland, Switzerland/Washington, USA, 9 April 2010 - More than one in six mangrove species worldwide are in danger of extinction due to coastal development and other factors, including climate change, logging and agriculture, according to the first-ever global assessment on the conservation status of mangroves for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.

 

As a result, 11 out of 70 mangrove species (16 percent) which were assessed will be placed on the IUCN Red List. The Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Central America, where as many as 40 percent of mangrove species are considered threatened, are particularly affected.

2010-04-02 10:14

Ctenella endemic brain coral, (c) Anne and Charles Sheppard
April 1st 2010 - Foreign Secretary David Miliband today announced the creation of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the British Indian Ocean Territory. This will include a “no-take” marine reserve where commercial fishing will be banned. The British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) consists of 55 tiny islands which sit in a quarter of a million square miles of the world’s cleanest seas.

Announcing the creation of this MPA, David Miliband said:

2010-03-31 12:05

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 will evaluate climate-related threats. WRI is leading the project in collaboration with over 25 partner organizations.

2010-03-12 06:52

The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with NOAA and with support from MacArthur Foundation, is offering a new virtual training program on Reef Resilience to provide coral reef managers, trainers, and policymakers guidance on building resilience to climate change into the design of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and daily management activities.

2009-11-20 14:23

Established in 2000, the ICRIForum was designed to streamline the delivery of information to ICRI Members and the general public regarding both the actions of the International Coral Reef Initiative and global coral reef conservation efforts more generally.  Over the years the Forum has grown exponentially, both in audience and as an information source.  This has at times made the site difficult to manage and navigate.

2009-09-07 13:21

Coral is a comprehensive examination of this astonishing organism, exploring its place in the natural world and in the realm of culture, and considering what is being done to protect and preserve it. We consider forces threatening reefs, and efforts of scientists, governments, and nongovernmental organizations to protect and restore them. We address laws and treaties formulated to govern trade in coral. We examine coral in history, its evolving associations, and its place in the wunderkammer, and explore its changing role and use in jewelry, art, and fashion.

2009-07-24 08:59

NOAA: Coral Bleaching Likely in Caribbean
Similar conditions may develop in Gulf of Mexico and Central Pacific

For immediate Release (July 22, 2009) - Scientists from NOAA's Coral Reef Watch Program say conditions are favorable for significant coral bleaching and infectious coral disease outbreaks in the Caribbean, especially in the Lesser Antilles. The forecast is based on the July NOAA Coral Reef Watch outlook, which expects continued high water temperatures through October 2009.

2009-07-24 08:51
Seville, Spain, 26 June, 2009 (IUCN) - The Belize Barrier Reef System and Los Katios National Park in Columbia are the two natural sites added to the List of World Heritage in Danger, following the advice of IUCN.

Composed of seven protected areas, many small mangrove islands and coastal lagoons, the Belize Barrier Reef System is home to a number of threatened species, including marine turtles and the American crocodile.

A series of technical assessments and a joint IUCN/UNESCO monitoring mission to Belize in March 2009 revealed alarming developments such as extensive mangrove cutting and sale of mangrove islands.

2009-07-06 14:27

Ambassador Bili (right) at the hand-over ceremony, with Ernesto Enkerlin (Left)Ambassador Bili (right) at the hand-over ceremony, with Ernesto Enkerlin (left).

Beginning July 1st 2009 and until June 30, 2011, the International Coral Reef Intiatiave Secretariat will be co-chaired by the governments of France, assisted by Monaco, and Samoa.

France and Monaco, to do so, nominated respectively, the Ambassador for the Environment, Laurent Stefanini and Patrick Van Klaveren, Minister Counsellor.