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During Monaco Ocean Week, ICRI hosted a special breakfast event about coral reefs. The event brought together more than 50 participants and recalled the main objectives of the ICRI 2018-2020 action plan, which was also adopted in December 2018 during the 33rd ICRI General Meeting in Monaco, also endorsed recently at the 4th Assembly of Nations for the Environment and in particular: 

The Wildlife Conservation Society, in collaboration with the Conservation Finance Alliance and in support of the 50 Reefs initiative, recently released "Finance Tools for Coral Reef Conservation: A Guide" as a resource for protected area managers and others charged with managing and financing reef conservation. The report describes 13 types of finance tools which have either been proven successful at or have great potential to support reef conservation and sustainable management. Some of the finance tools to be covered in this overview webinar include various tourism-based fees, biodiversity offsets, bonds, debt swaps, and conservation trust funds. This webinar will share key findings and recommendations from the report and invite discussion from participants.

The United Nations Environment Assembly is the world's highest-level decision-making body on the environment. It addresses the critical environmental challenges facing the world today. Understanding these challenges and preserving and rehabilitating our environment is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Environment Assembly meets biennially to set priorities for global environmental policies and develop international environmental law. Through its resolutions and calls to action, the Assembly provides leadership and catalyses intergovernmental action on the environment. Decision-making requires broad participation, which is why the Assembly provides an opportunity for all peoples to help design solutions for our planet's health.

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a report that provides recommendations for policymakers on how to address and reduce the impact of plastics on shallow water coral reefs. The report is one of several publications on the conservation and sustainable use of marine environments released by UNEP in conjunction with the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4).

The workshop was hosted by the Government of Anguilla, organised by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee / Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (JNCC/Defra) and facilitated by Dialogue Matters. The aim of the workshop was to bring UK Overseas Territories (OTs) in the Caribbean and other regional bodies together to build relationships, help identify the main threats and challenges facing coral reefs in each territory, and identify potential areas for greater collaboration in the region.

The 5-minute Community of Ocean Action video briefly outlines the issues facing coral reefs globally, it then touches on how the Communities came about, specifically focussing on the coral reef community and number of voluntary commitments so far. In addition to Special Envoy for the Ocean Peter Thomson, interviews clips include a fisherman from Kiwayu, Kenya describing the decline in reef fish stocks; Lisa Svensson; Brahmantya Poerwadi, Director General of Marine Spatial Management, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries in Indonesia and ICRI co-chair; and David Obura, Director of CORDIO East Africa.

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