Climate change remains the greatest threat to the Great Barrier Reef, as highlighted in a report recently released by Australia's lead management agency for the Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's 2019 Outlook Report is published every five years and provides an overview of the condition of the Reef's ecosystem and heritage values, use, influencing factors, management effectiveness, resilience, and risks to its future.

The world has lost over 50 percent of its coral reefs due to climate change and other human pressures in the past 40 years. Few accurate maps of remote coral reefs exist, and without good maps, it is hard to protect them—or know what we have lost until it is gone. Detailed habitat maps can help local resource managers identify areas that may be in greatest need of conservation action, so the reefs can be saved before it is too late.

Coral reefs provide enormous economic value to humanity and are gaining increasing attention from donors, philanthropists, and governments. This webinar will explore the use of Conservation Trust Funds and Impact Investing to support coral reef conservation. Conservation Trust Funds (CTFs) are private, legally independent institutions that provide sustainable financing for biodiversity conservation. Impact Investing is investing in companies, organizations, and funds with the intention of generating measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Specifically, the webinar will discuss how protected area, national, and regional CTFs can raise, manage, and invest financing for coral reef conservation and restoration.

The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) provides matching grants and cooperative agreements for international coral reef conservation projects.

CRCP solicits proposals that will support the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program Strategic Plan (Strategic Plan-2018) which uses a resilience-based management approach, focused on conservation that supports the ability of corals to withstand and recover from stress. All international tropical coral reef locations are eligible under this Federal Funding Opportunity with emphasis on the Wider Caribbean, South East Asia and South Pacific, and Micronesia.

The deadline for grant application is Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

The annual summary report on reef condition for the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) has resulted in a mixed bill of health- read the report here.

The GBR has been subjected to a period of intense disturbance activity in the last five years. A fourth wave of crown-of-thorns starfish, coupled with a cluster of severe tropical cyclones and major bleaching events have caused widespread coral declines on a spatial scale which is unparalleled in the history of LTMP surveys.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Australia’s lead management agency for the Great Barrier Reef, released its position statement on climate change, widely acknowledged as the greatest threat to the Great Barrier Reef and coral reefs worldwide. The position statement outlines what is causing the climate to change, why it’s the greatest threat to the Reef, and that securing the Reef’s future requires actions at all levels.

The Authority’s position is:

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