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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, 12 November 2018 –A new coalition of inter-governmental organizations, international conservation organizations, and private foundations is converging in Egypt this week to send a message about the need for bold leadership to save coral reefs from near-extinction by mid-century.

Representatives from more than one hundred countries that are parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are meeting to begin a two-year process to adopt a global framework for protecting biodiversity, including coral reefs, around the world.

The Convention on Biological Diversity launched a Global Coral Portal. The Portal has been developed pursuant to decision XII/23, by which the Conference of the Parties requested the development of a global coral reef portal linked to the website of the Convention and existing global and regional initiatives to facilitate technical collaboration and voluntary information-sharing on all aspects of sustainable management of coral reefs and related ecosystems. The Portal was prepared with financial support from the European Union.

The Portal is available at www.cbd.int/coral-reefs. It aims to:

We all depend on coral reefs for something—from the air we breathe and some of the foods we eat to medical treatments. The nation’s coral reef resources also protect lives, livelihoods, and valuable coastal infrastructure.

Today, many of our coral reefs have been severely damaged by a number of threats. There is still time to protect and restore these remarkable ecosystems, but we must act now.

On the occasion of the « Our Ocean » Conference held in Bali on October 29 and 30 2018, the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) and UN Environment organized a high-level side-event on “The Future of Coral Reefs in a Sustainable Blue Economy” with the participation of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme. The event was an opportunity to discuss the urgent action and new financing required to save the world’s coral reefs. As reminded many times during the event, the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlighted the need for urgent action to save coral reefs from possible extinction by mid-century.

Since 2015, the French Coral Reef Initiative (IFRECOR) has been developing MERCI-Cor a method to assess the significance of an ecological impact, to ensure better Avoidance and Reduction of ecological losses in the mitigation hierarchy, and sizing compensatory measures, to offset last residual losses. This project involve scientific parties (University Montpellier 3, Lab. CEFE and CRIOBE), NGO (Blue finance), consulting company and public regulators (Florida Dept of Env. Protection, French Dept fo Env Protection Agencies – Guadeloupe, Réunion Island and New Caledonia, French Ministry of the Env. and Barbados Env. Protec.

The next Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be taking place between the 17th and 29th of November in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. This year, the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) will have a booth during the first week of the convention (17th-22nd November) at the Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) fair (located in Building 1).

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