ICRI General Meeting 30

The 30thICRI General Meeting (GM), and the second and final meeting under the 2014-2015 Japan-Thailand Secretariat, was held from 1stto 4th December 2015 in Pattaya, Thailand. Through the support from Japan and UNEP, delegates from several countries and organisations were able to attend and participate in the meeting. In total, 69 delegates from 20 ICRI member countries and organisations attended the meeting.




Day 1 (Tuesday, 1 December 2015)
08:00 - Registration
Session 1: Opening and membership
09:30 - Opening and welcome
  • Opening remarks (Thailand)
  • Welcome remarks (Japan)
09:45 - Housekeeping
09:50 - Presentation & adoption of the agenda
10:00 - Welcome new members
  • Presentation (Ab. Rahim Bin Gor Yaman, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia)
  • Presentation (Heng Sovannara, Fisheries Administration, Cambodia)
  • Presentation (Chloe Harvey, The Reef-World Foundation)
10:30 - Coffee break & group photo
Session 2: Reports from ICRI bodies
11:00 - Presentations on Member’s Reports
11:40 - Reports from the Secretariat
12:20 - Lunch
13:20 - Updates from Ad Hoc Committees
14:20 - Monitoring and GCRMN updates
  • Recap of agreements on GCRMN from GM29 (Jerker Tamelander)
  • Presentation on guidance for regional reporting preparation processes (Jeremy Jackson)
  • Status update on regional reporting in WIO, the Pacific, and Eastern Tropics (Jerker Tamelander)
  • Updates from GCRMN Caribbean Report (Angelique Brathwaite)
  • On ENSO and bleaching (Mark Eakin)
  • Field reports on and responses to the ongoing bleaching event (Greg Hodgson)
  • On the importance of local protection and governance (Jeremy Jackson)
15:35 - Coffee break
15:50 - Session 3: Regional Initiatives and Global Development
  • Report from UNEP Coral Reef Partnership / Regional Seas’ Steering Committee Meeting (J. Tamelander)
  • Protection of coral reefs in the Red Sea & Gulf of Aden and PERSGA's MPAs network (M. Amer)
  • Global development and environment policy landscape – Implications of the SDGs, e.g., upcoming events such as UNEA 2 (J. Tamelander)
Session 4: Discussion on draft motions
16:50 - TBD
17:30 - Wrap-up and close
Day 2 (Wednesday, 2 December 2015)
Session 5: Technical Workshop on MPA Management
09:00 - Case studies on MPA management from Thailand: Intro (Niphon Phongsuwan, 5)
10:30 - Coffee break
11:30 - Lunch
12:30 - (Case studies on MPA management: cont.) 13:20 - Case studies on MPA management from other countries/regions
14:35 - Discussion and summary of technical workshop
14:55 - Wrap-up and close
15:00 - Coffee break
Side meeting (afternoon)
15:30 - GCRMN side meeting
  • GCRMN roadmap
  • Session on GCRMN at ICRS 2016
  • Response to bleaching
Day 3 (Thursday, 3 December 2015) - Excursion (all day)
Diving at Samae San Island (with a possible visit to the marine lab of Chulalongkorn University on the island). Note that participants must possess a diving certificate and will need to pay for this trip (cost: 3,000 Baht, including lunch, diving equipment rental, 2 dives). In case of bad weather, all participants will join Option 2.
Visiting the aquarium/marine lab of Burapha University and Nong Nooch Tropical Garden (www.nongnoochtropicalgarden.com). This trip will be sponsored by DMCR
18:30 - Reception (@ A-ONE Royal Cruise Hotel, hosted by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Kingdom of Thailand)
Day 4 (Friday, 4 December 2015)
Session 6: Meeting outcomes
09:00 - Report back from Ad Hoc Committees (TBD)
  • Economic Valuation Committee
  • Coral Reef Associated Fisheries
  • Regional Lionfish Committee
  • Enforcement & Investigation
09:40 - Adopted documents from the Meeting (TBD)
10:00 - Miscellaneous business (TBD)
11:30 - Lunch
Session 7: The future
13:00 - Coming events of interest to members
Summary of Japan-Thailand Secretariat activities

Presentation of incoming Secretariat hosts
14:30 - Closing remarks


The meeting and accommodation will take place at:

A-One Royal Cruise Hotel, Pattaya
499 North Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya City
Chonburi 20150, Thailand
Tel: 6638-259-555 (auto)
Fax: 6638-424-242

A special rate is available for ICRI members, but the booking needs to be done before 9 November 2015, using the Accommodation Form for International Coral Reef Initiative General Meeting (Word document). Please note that the deposit is not required for ICRI members.

The rates are:

  • Star Room A-ONE Star: THB 1,300
  • Superior Star Room A-ONE Star: THB 1,500
  • Super Star Room A-ONE Star: THB 1,800
  • Superior Room New Wing: THB 1,700
  • Superior Room Main Wing: THB 2,500
  • Beach Deluxe Beach Resort: THB 3,500

Travel/Entry Visa Formalities

For information regarding visa and/or travel documents to Thailand, please consult the Royal Thai Embassy or Consular mission in your country by presenting a formal invitation letter. (Please contact nph1959@gmail.com if you will need an invitation letter for visa application purposes.) For some ASEAN member countries and many other nationalities, no entry visa is required. For more information please check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Thailand website at http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en/services/123.

Transportation from the Airport

A-One The Royal Cruise Hotel, Pattaya is located 110 kilometers away from Suvarnabhumi International Airport. There are two options that participants can choose for transportation from the airport (map of the airpot) to the hotel.

  • Airport limousine:

    To take the airport limousine, please go to the Limousine Counter, located on the 2nd Floor in the Baggage Claim Hall and Arrival Hall. Travelling expense are charter rates.

  • Metered Taxi:

    Using the metered taxi, the approximate cost is Baht 1,200 – 1,500 one way (US$ 35-44), which is cheaper than the airport limousine. Please follow the signs Public Taxi and take the escalator to go one floor down and look for the Public Taxi Counter near gate 7-8. Fares are based on the meter, with an additional Baht 50 for surcharge, and Baht 60 for motorway fees if any. The ride from the airport will take about 90 – 120 minutes.


Weather in Pattaya in December is warm, ranging between 20-30°C.

Time Zone

Thailand is +07:00 hours ahead of GMT.


The electric voltage in Thailand is 220 volts, 50 Hertz. For more information, visit http://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/thailand/


The official currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht (THB). One (1) US$ is approximately equal to THB 34. Currency exchange services are available at the airport, hotel, and bank. Participants are advised to exchange some THB prior to their departure from Suvarnabhumi International Airport.


The official language of Thailand is Thai.