A new scientific paper reveals the direct link between healthy coral reefs and shoreline stability, and field-tests an innovative risk reduction solution that combines engineering with reef restoration.

The compendium of project proposals submitted to the ICRI / UN Environment Grants Programme 2017 is now available. The Grants Programme is a
joint initiative of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) and UN Environment which aims to catalyze the development of innovative and replicable initiatives that enhance protection and management of coral reefs and related ecosystems.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have appointed a new committee to conduct a study on Interventions to Increase the Resilience of Coral Reefs.

The Queensland and Australian governments are seeking innovative solutions from across Australia and around the world that support the protection, regeneration and recovery of coral populations on the Great Barrier Reef. Through the Advance Queensland Small Business Innovation Research challenge: Boosting coral abundance on the Great Barrier Reef, innovators can apply for a share of up to AUD $1 million which is available for the Feasibility stage.

It is anticipated that a number of solutions will be explored, with individual contracts not expected to exceed AUD $250,000. A further AUD $1 million is available to develop the best solutions through the subsequent Proof of Concept stage.

Ebène, 8 December 2017 – The first report on the state of coral reefs of all countries of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) was officially presented yesterday (7 December) in Nairobi, Kenya, during the 32nd General Assembly of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI).

UNESCO press release N°2017-146 / Paris, 6 December - The United Nations announced the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to mobilize the scientific community, policy-makers, business and civil society around a programme of joint research and technological innovation.

The announcement of this Decade consolidates efforts by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) to boost international cooperation in ocean sciences. It will enable better coordination of research programmes, observation systems, capacity development, maritime space planning and the reduction of maritime risks to improve the management of ocean and coastal zones resources.

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