ICRI News

The STINAPA Wild4Life School Program is a nature and environmental education program for all elementary schools on Bonaire with the objective to raise awareness among children and to develop a sense of respect and caring for the natural environment.

On 29 November International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat co-host, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, held an international workshop on sustainable tourism management and the presentation of marine World Heritage values.

The event, which followed the Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference in Townsville, Australia, gathered coral reef managers from countries including Samoa, Vietnam, Palau, as well as ICRI Secretariat co-host Indonesia. Participants shared their expertise in the management of coral reefs through talking about the challenges they faced and the initiatives being implemented in their areas.

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.

CRCP's National Coral Reef Monitoring Program released two new products during the midst of the holidays and government shutdown - I wanted to share them both again in case you missed them:

The Pacific status reports are out! Status reports are available for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, and the Pacific Remote Islands. These high-level reports are meant to communicate the status of US coral reefs to a broad audience. Thanks to the Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland team for leading this effort! Check them out: https://www.coris.noaa.gov/monitoring/status_report/

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