32nd ICRI General Meeting

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The 32nd ICRI General Meeting (GM), and the second and final meeting under the 2016-2018 French Secretariat, was held from December 7th-9th, 2017 at United Nations Office at Nairobi, Kenya. Through the support from France, Sweden and UN Environment, delegates from several countries and organisations were able to attend and participate in the meeting. In total, more than 70 delegates from 20 ICRI member countries and organisations attended the meeting (list of participants).

ICRI GM32 welcomed the participation of H.E. Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, Inger Andersen, Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature, and Martha Rojas-Urrego, Secretary General, The Ramsar Convention, at its opening session. The Meeting was chaired by Xavier Sticker, French Ambassador for the Environment. Welcoming remarks were made by Monika Macdevette, Deputy Director of the UN Environment Ecosystems Division and closing remarks by Mette Wilkie, Director of the UN Environment Ecosystems Division.

Main outcomes:

  • Myanmar was welcomed as the latest member of ICRI (the 38th among the States members of ICRI).
  • The ICRI secretariat will convene a working group that ICRI GM32 agreed to set up in view of revising the ICRI rules of procedures.
  • Over 230 submissions were received, out of which 5 projects were selected and will receive a USD 60,000 grant each:
    • Kenya - Managing mangroves for climate change regulation and other ecosystem services;
    • Malaysia - Including coral reef resilience and vulnerability to climate change in marine spatial planning;
    • Vanuatu - Increasing resilience of traditional Marine Protected Areas;
    • Regional, Caribbean - Innovative financing and legal mechanisms for reef restoration and emergency response in selected sites of the MAR Region;
    • New Caledonia - A Seascape genomics approach to improve coral reefs conservation strategies against BLEaching (SABLE).
  • The Western Indian Ocean report has been launched at the ICRI GM32 (download the report).
  • ICRI GM32 is welcoming the joint proposal by Monaco and Australia to host the next Secretariat. Further details, including possibly on an additional partner country, will be provided at a later stage.

The following documents were adopted at the meeting:

32nd Agenda and Documents

 

Thursday 7 December 2017

Opening by Xavier Sticker, French Ambassador for the Environment

High-Level panel on the following theme: " What can be done to protect coral reefs and mangroves by 2020 and beyond? "

  • H.E. Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
  • Inger Andersen, Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • Martha Rojas-Urrego, Secretary General, The Ramsar Convention

Presentation and adoption of the agenda and presentation of the motions, ICRI Secretariat

New Member

Financial contribution to the Secretariat (Monaco, France, US and Sweden)

ICRI Secretariat ‘Searchable catalogue’ of current international donor funding commitments and priorities for coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass and analysis Hazel Thornton, UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) - Presentation (PDF File)

International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) and UN Environment Grants Programme 2017 UN Environment

  • Presentation of the grants programme, Gabriel Grimsditch, Marine and Coastal Ecosystems Branch Ecosystems Division, UN Environment Environment - Presentation (PDF File)
  • Presentation of 2 grantees
  • Managing mangroves for climate change regulations and other ecosystem services in Kenya, James Kairo, KMFRI
  • Innovative financing and legal mechanisms for reef restoration and emergency response in selected sites of the MAR Region, Claudia Ruiz, MAR Fund -Presentation (PDF File)
  • Presentation of the compendium of projects, Gabriel Grimsditch, Marine and Coastal Ecosystems Branch Ecosystems Division, UN Environment Environment

Launch of the GCRMN Western Indian Ocean report, Said Ahamada, Indian Ocean Commission, and Mishal Gudka, CORDIO - Presentation (PDF File)

New commitments from Australia, Andrew Edge, Office of the Ambassador for the Environment

Friday 8 December 2017

Theme 3: “Help to reduce human threats to coral reefs and associated mangroves and seagrasses, by making greater use of regulatory tools”

Goal 1: promote legal frameworks for the protection of coral reefs and associated mangroves and seagrasses, with quantified targets and effective enforcement to protect these ecosystems

Example of the review of legal frameworks for the protection of coral reefs and related ecosystems in France (PDF File)

Presentations from

Goal 2: encourage a ban on plastic microbeads in cosmetic products

Goal 3: improve regulation and enforcement to reduce direct anthropogenic damage due to dredging and physical alteration of reef structures

  • Presentation of the motion to reduce damage due to dredging and dumping on coral reefs

Goal 4: promote the deployment of mooring devices limiting the mechanical destruction of coral reefs and seagrasses

  • Presentation of the work from the ICRI Secretariat, ICRI Secretariat
  • Green Fins - Addressing the threat from anchor damage, James J. Harvey, Green Fins - Presentation (PDF File)

Goal 5: review issues related to the impact of sunscreens and other endocrine disruptors on coral reefs, and encourage the production of sunscreens that are proven not to damage coral reefs

  • Presentation of the Policy Brief, Gabriel Grimsditch, Marine and Coastal Ecosystems Branch Ecosystems Division, UN Environment Environment - Presentation (PDF File)

Theme 4: “Monitor the state of reefs in order to better manage them”, GCRMN

Update on progress made in implementation of Resolution on the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) adopted at the 3st ICRI General Meeting, Jerker Tamelander, Coral Reef Unit, UN Environment - Presentation (PDF File)

Goal 1: promote regional reports on the health of coral reefs

  • Progress of the GCRMN-Caribbean, Lucie Labbouz, Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife - Presentation (PDF File)
  • Presentation of the executive summary of the GCRMN Pacific report, Charlotte Moritz and Serge Planes, CRIOBE
  • GCRMN East Asia, Tadashi Kimura, Japan - Presentation (PDF File)

Goal 2: better monitor the phenomena of coral bleaching (follow-up on the recommendation adopted at the ICRIGM 31)

Theme 5: “Progress via education” -  International Year of the Reef (IYOR) 2018

  • Presentation from the The Ocean Agency
  • IYOR in Japan, Takafumi Osawa, Ministry of the Environment Japan

Saturday

Theme 2: “Meet international requirements regarding coral reefs”

Goal 1: implement the resolution on the sustainable management of coral reefs adopted at the 2nd session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (May 2016) Update from Jerker Tamelander, Coral Reef Unit, UN Environment - Presentation (PDF File)

Goal 2: help to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), in particular those relating to Goal 14 (“Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources”)

  • Coral reefs and Sustainable Development Goals, Hazel Thornton, UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) - Presentation (PDF File)
  • Communities of Ocean Action: Coral Reefs. Following up on UN Ocean Conference voluntary commitments, Jerker Tamelander, Marine and Coastal Ecosystems Branch Ecosystems Division, UN Environment Environment - Presentation (PDF File)

Goal 3: take advantage of upcoming international events to pursue the advocacy for coral reefs and related ecosystems

Theme 1 – “Help raise awareness of how coral reefs and related ecosystems help to fight climate change” Presentation of the work on funding

  • ‘Searchable catalogue’ of current international donor funding commitments and priorities for coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass and analysis, Hazel Thornton, UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) - Presentation (PDF File)
  • Rethinking the Global Coastal Investment Portfolio, Erin McCreless, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa CruzPresentation (PDF File)
  • Motion for supporting investments in the natural infrastructure of reefs and mangroves to increase climate resilience

Presentation from ICRI members

  • Report of the 4th International Workshop: ‘Bridging the Gap between Ocean Acidification Impacts and Economic Valuation’, Didier Zoccola, Monaco
  • Coral Restoration Consortium, Lucie Labbouz, Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife
  • 50Reefs, Caleb McClennen, Wildlife Conservation Society - Presentation (PDF File)
  • Science and Conservation of Fish Aggregations (SCRFA), Jan Robinson - Presentation (PDF File)
  • Presentations from other members

Report from the Australian Government’s Innovation Facility Andrew Edge, Office of the Ambassador for the Environment

Next Secretariat

Meeting’s outcomes

Closing

Member’s report on activities related to ICRI

Summary of the member reports

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi

The Airport is located in the Embakasi suburb, 15 kilometers from Nairobi's central business district and 25 kilometers from the United Nations Office at Nairobi, Gigiri.

Time Zone

Kenya is GMT + 0300 hours

Visas

It is the delegate's own responsibility to obtain a visa for Kenya. The information provided herein acts only as guidance. A valid passport, not expiring for at least six months from date of arrival is required for entry into Kenya.

A valid entry visa is also required for most countries and may be obtained in advance from the Kenyan Embassy/High Commission in your country of residence. In the absence of either, the British Embassy will generally represent Kenya in the issuance of visas. For more information. Please visit: http://www.immigration.go.ke/Information.html

Please note that Kenya is discontinuing issuance of Visas on arrival and therefore delegates requiring visas are encouraged to apply for a visa online on this link: http://evisa.go.ke

Health

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required only if you are arriving in Kenya from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. For advice on other vaccinations recommended for visitors to Kenya, please contact your doctor or the UNON Joint Medical Service. Useful information can be obtained from the WHO website http://www.who.int/ith/en/

Malaria is common throughout the year in many parts of Kenya. Nairobi, the capital city is generally free of malaria. It is recommended to consult your doctor about malaria prophylaxis if travelling beyond Nairobi. Adequate safeguards against mosquito bites are advised (insect repellent, bed nets, clothing with long trousers and covering the arms).

Food and waterborne diseases including diarrhoea are common. Drinking water directly from the taps is not advisable. Drink only bottled water with unbroken seals. Avoid row foods other than fruits and vegetables you have pealed yourself. Wash hands frequently with soap and water.

Medical costs incurred in Kenya will be responsibility of the meeting participant directly; it is therefore strongly recommended that you arrange own travel health insurance prior to arrival.

Security

The United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) and the Kenyan Authorities are working closely together to ensure that all precautionary measures are taken for delegate‟s safety and security. However, participants are personally responsible for their movements. If you intend to stay in a hotel, you are advised to choose accommodation from the recommended list of hotels available at: http://wedocs.unep.org/handle/20.500.11822/21731

For your own safety, kindly read and follow these tips:

  • When walking, keep to the main roads and avoid shortcuts down back alleys and the like. However, where possible, take a taxi rather than walking (refer to section with information on recommended taxi service)
  • Ignore street children and people coming up to you in the streets with hard-luck tales. They may be pickpockets or part of an elaborate scam. The best thing to do is just to walk on and ignore them.
  • Do not carry large sums of money. Avoid carrying credit cards, wearing expensive jewelry, watches or the like when walking in the street.

Weather

December tends to be warm in Nairobi, except for occasional cold fronts due to a changing weather pattern. The overall daily temperature is very high at 27°C (80°F). With the tropical nature of the region, the humidity tend to be high and visitors should take that into account and be sure to drink plenty of fluids as well as wear weather-appropriate light clothing. The average low temperature for December falls to 23°C but can drop to 13°C, especially at night. Current weather conditions in the area can be found at: https://www.accuweather.com/en/ke/nairobi/224758/december-weather/224758

Electricity

The electrical currents in Kenya are 220 - 240 Volts, 50 Hertz. Kindly, note that Kenya uses the 13A 3 [square] wall switch socket outlet.

Official Languages

The official language of the Republic of Kenya is English and the national language is Swahili.

Money and Banking

Currency and exchange rates - The official currency of the Republic of Kenya is the Kenya Shilling (KES). The current exchange rates are approximately:

1 US Dollar = KES 103 1 EUR = KES 122

For more information: https://www.centralbank.go.ke/rates/forex-exchange-rates/

Foreign currency can be changed at JKIA, which has 24hr service, banks and foreign currency exchange bureaus. Banks with ATM services in major centers across the city are open from 09:00 to 16:00hrs Monday to Friday and from 09:00 to 12:00hrs on Saturdays.

There are some malls that have banks that operate on Sunday and public holidays. However, ATM services are more widely available at designated booth locations in the various malls, selected convenience stores at gas/petrol stations.

The following places are available near the UNON compound in Nairobi for currency exchange:

  • Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) is located on the ground floor in the UNON complex, next to the Delegates Lounge.
  • Standard Chartered Bank is also available in the complex, located opposite KCB Bank
  • Emerald Gardens’ Bureau de Change: walk from the main gate of the United Nations, cross the road, turns right and walk about 200m. You will find a chinese pagoda building to your left, where the Forex Bureau de Change is located on the first floor houses and other banking facilities.
  • Warwick Center from the main gate of the United Nations, cross the road, turn left and walk about 100 m. The building will be to your right, in a complex of shops, banks, restaurants and offices.
  • Gigiri Square is Next to Warwick Center, but before the Mediterraneo Restaurant, on the same side of the road, housing Kenya Commercial Bank, Equity Bank, and I&M Bank.
  • Village Market Is a shopping complex and a 3minute taxi drive from the main gate of the United Nations. There are several banks and forex bureau at Village Market. It is also a popular exotic eatery with an assemblage of food courts.

ATMs

ATMs are available country wide with 24-hour access. Within the UNON complex there are four ATMs on the lower concourse; two next to the Kenya Commercial Bank, one is near the UNFCU (United Nations Federal Credit Union) and the last one is next to Standard Chartered Bank. There are also two ATMs (KCB and UNFCU) at the UN Commissary on the northern end of the UN Gigiri Complex.

Major international cards are accepted. Credit card fraud occurs in Kenya as in most other parts of the world. The usual precautions should be taken.

Tipping is appreciated. However, most hotels/restaurants include a service charge.

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