ICRI General Meeting 29

The 29th ICRI General Meeting, and the first under the 2014-2015 Japan-Thailand Secretariat, was held from 20 to 23 October 2014 in Okinawa, Japan. Through the support from Japan and UNEP, delegates from several countries and organisations were able to attend and participate in the meeting. In total, over 40 delegates from 20 ICRI member countries and organisations attended the meeting. Minutes of the 29th ICRI General Meeting.

The following documents were adopted at the meeting:

The participants of the 29th ICRI General Meeting

Opening of the General Meeting by Miss Hinako Takahashi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister, Ministry of the Environment, Japan

Download the draft agenda (last update October 10, 2014)

Day 0 (Sunday, 19 October 2014)
17:00 - GCRMN management group meeting (by invitation only)
Day 1 (Monday, 20 October 2014)
08:00 - Registration
Session 1: Opening
09:30 - Opening and welcome
  • Opening remarks
    Japan (Hinako Takahashi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister, Ministry of the Environment)
  • Welcome remarks
    Thailand (Niphon Phongsuwan, Coral Reef Specialist, Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment)
09:50 - Group photo
10:00 - Housekeeping
10:10 - Presentation & adoption of the agenda
10:20 - Welcome observers and potential members
Session 2: Reports from ICRI bodies
10:30 - Presentations on Member’s Reports
11:00 - Coffee break
11:20 - Reports from Secretariat
12:10 - Updates from Ad Hoc Committees
13:30 - Lunch
14:30 - Report from CBD COP12
15:00 - GCRMN updates
16:00 - Coffee break
Session 3: Regional Initiatives
17:10 - Enhancing resilience of coral reef ecosystems
Jerker Tamelander
  • Report from UNEP Resilience workshop in Phuket
  • Future direction of reef resilience
17:40 - Wrap-up and close
Day 2 (Tuesday, 21 October 2014)
East Asia Regional Meeting (for ICRI East Asia members)
09:00 - Future Direction of East Asia Regional Workshop - Agenda
09:50 - Coffee Break
10:20 - Future Direction of East Asia Regional Workshop - cont.
11:50 - Lunch
Session 4: Technical Workshop
13:30 - Workshop on engaging other sectors – community-based coral reef management 15:10 - Workshop on engaging other sectors - cont.
15:40 - Discussion
16:10 - Coffee Break
Session 5: Discussion on draft Motions
16:25 - Motion on "Implementing community-based coral reef conservation and management through a watershed-based approach"
16:55 - Wrap-up and close
Day 3 (Wednesday, 22 October 2014)
Field trip (all day)
Three options:
  • The coral restoration center & mangrove estuary managed by local communities
  • The Tropical Biosphere Research Center at the University of the Ryukyus & the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
  • The Kerama Islands National Park (Diving)
19:30 - Reception (at Ocean View Dome, Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel, hosted by the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan)
Day 4 (Thursday, 23 October 2014)
Session 6: Meeting outcomes
09:30 - Report back from Ad Hoc Committees
  • Economic Valuation Committee
  • Coral Reef Associated Fisheries
  • Regional Lionfish Committee
  • Enforcement & Investigation
10:30 - Adopted documents from the Meeting
11:00 - Miscellaneous business
11:30 - Lunch
Session 7: The future
13:00 - Upcoming events of interest to members
13:15 - Dates and location of the next ICRI GM
Session 8: Closing
13:30 - Conclusions of ICRI GM 29
13:50 - Closing remarks


New: Latest general information for the meeting (PDF File)


The entry airport for the meeting is Naha Airport (OKA).

Please note that there is no currency exchange counter at the "domestic" terminal of Naha Airport. For participants who will be taking connecting flights to Naha, it is advisable to exchange money upon arrival in Japan (e.g., at Narita) or before leaving your country.

The Airport Limousine Bus is the best way to go to the hotels. The hotels we recommend below are approximately 70 minutes away from the airport, and the ticket price for the bus should be around 1,600 Japanese Yen (taking a taxi may cost anywhere from 8,000 to 12,000 Japanese Yen). Seating on the bus is available on a first-come first-serve basis and cannot be booked in advance. Please check the time schedule (PDF File), and make sure the bus you get on goes to your hotel (the bus route to the hotels is “C Area,” going towards OIST).


The following hotels are located near the meeting venue (OIST Graduate University, Seaside House). Shuttle bus service from the hotels to the venue will be provided.

Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha Bay
Address: 1496 Tancha, Onna-son, Kunigami, Okinawa 904-0496
Website: http://www.rizzan.co.jp/english/index.html

Sunmarina Hotel
Address: 66-1 Fuchaku, Onnna-son, Kunigami, Okinawa 904-0494
Website: http://www.ishinhotels.com/sunmarina-hotel/en/index.html

Kafuu Resort Hotel
Address: 246-1 Shirifukuchihara, Aza Fuchaku, Onnna-son, Kunigami, Okinawa 904-0413
Website: http://www.kafuu-okinawa.jp/en/

Hotel Monterey
Address: 1550-1 Fuchaku, Onna-son, Kunigami, Okinawa, 904-0413
Website: http://www.hotelmonterey.co.jp/en/htl/okinawa/

Other useful information

  • Weather: late October in Okinawa is expected to be around the end of the typhoon season. As long as we are not hit by a typhoon, we should be able to enjoy Okinawa’s warm weather with daily highs around 28 degrees Celsius/83 degrees Fahrenheit and daily lows around 20 degrees Celsius/68 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Airport code: OKA
  • Official language: Japanese
  • Currency: Japanese YEN (currency convertor - www.xe.com)
  • Time Zone: GMT/UTC +9
  • Country Dialing Code: +81
  • Electricity: AC outlet: 100V / Plugs: Type A

The first General Meeting under the Japan-Thailand Secretariat will be held from the 20th to the 23rd of October 2014 at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (http://www.oist.jp) in Okinawa, Japan.

Lastest news

  • October 14 - Latest general information for the meeting (PDF File) 
  • October 6 - Draft motion on "implementing community-based coral reef conservation and management through a watershed-based approach" available (Word doc.)
  • The online registration is now open
  • August 1st: Member's report template (Word doc) available
  • July 25: the draft agenda is now available
  • Key Dates

  • Sep 01: Deadline for submission of Member's Report
  • Sep 19: Deadline for Registration, Motions (template), and comments on Agenda
  • Oct 10: Release of Final Agenda
  • Oct 20: Meeting commences

    Visa requirements

    Please see http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/index.html for general information on obtaining visas to enter Japan. Please also make sure to check http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/short/novisa.html for a list of countries with visa exemption. If you need any assistance (e.g., letters of invitation), please contact icri@env.co.jp.

    About Okinawa

    Okinawa Prefecture is a chain of islands located at the southwestern-most point of the Japanese archipelago. The prefecture consists of 160 islands, both large and small, which are dispersed in a vast marine area of approximately 1,000 kilometers from east to west and 400 kilometers from north to south.

    Due to its geographical location being closest to Southeast Asia, Okinawa has flourished over the centuries through foreign trades and cultural exchanges. Today, Okinawa continues to develop as an international hub with not only its pristine landscapes but also its rich culture. (adapted from http://www.pref.okinawa.lg.jp/site/chijiko/kohokoryu/foreign/english/welcome.html, retrieved on May 16, 2014).