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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 Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) recently released a pioneering peer-reviewed study titled, "Management for network diversity speeds evolutionary adaptation to climate change" in which scientists from CORAL demonstrated that coral reef management that takes into account evolution and adaptation can help rescue coral reefs from the effects of climate change, this was done as a result of the collaborative Modeling Adaptation Potential (MAP) project.

On World Oceans Day President Carlos Alvarado of Costa Rica signed a decree for the "promotion of restoration and conservation initiatives for the recovery of coral ecosystems," aimed at protecting corals. The decree, establishes guidelines to recover existing corals and create artificial reefs.

The Minister of the Environment, Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, explained that coral areas function as natural barriers that protect cities and coastal communities from storms, hurricanes and tsunamis.

The Group of 20 (G20) Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth adopted a framework for action on marine plastic litter. In a Communique, the G20 Environment Ministers call for action to tackle marine plastic litter and microplastics, among other types of marine litter, and to address the adverse impacts on marine ecosystems, livelihoods, industries and human health.

Saving vulnerable turtles and seabirds, restoring tourism infrastructure after cyclones, monitoring crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks and ensuring zoning rules are followed are just a few of the achievements of a unique Great Barrier Reef program which celebrated its 40th anniversary in June.

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