ICRI News

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is pleased to announce that the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May 2019 will be: "Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health".

Whether you are in New York or Nairobi or Nagoya, chances are you have access to a greater variety of food than your parents or your grandparents once did. But even as the offerings become more diverse, the global diet as a whole - what people actually eat - is becoming more homogenized, and this is a dangerous thing.

Coral reefs are critical ecosystems that are home to more than 25% of all known marine species, while occupying less than one quarter of 1% of the Earth’s marine environment (IUCN, 2013). In June 2018, the 50 Reefs initiative culminated with the publication of a scientific study on coral reefs that are least vulnerable to climate change and have the greatest capacity to repopulate other reefs over time. To contibute to 50 Reefs, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) worked in conjunction with the Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA) to create a working guide on the financial tools available for coral reef conservation.

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/

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:

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