33rd ICRI General Meeting

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33rd Annual ICRI General Meeting

Summary record


The 33rd ICRI General Meeting (GM), and the first one under the 2018-2020 Australia, Indonesia and Monaco Secretariat, was held from December 5th to 7th in Monaco. Through the support from Sweden and Monaco, delegates from several countries and organisations were able to attend and participate in the meeting. In total, 87 delegates from 43 ICRI member countries (21) and organisations attended the meeting (list of participants (PDF File), agenda (PDF File)).

The meeting was opened by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and welcoming remarks were given by H.E. Susi Pudjiastuti, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia and H.E. Angus McKenzie, Australian Ambassador to UNESCO.

The meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Bernard Fautrier, H.E. Susi Pudjiastuti, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia, H.E. Angus McKenzie, Australian Ambassador to UNESCO and Margaret Johnson, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Australia.

Apologies were received from the following members: The World Bank, Reef Check, Indian Ocean Commission, Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, Cartagena Convention Secretariat, Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the Philippines, Maldives, and Ambassador Thomson. The commonwealth Secretariat and Mauritius were welcomed as observers.

Main outcomes:


Ad hoc committee

Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN)


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A one-day workshop on “innovative funding for coral reefs” was held on December 4th, 2018. View the report of the workshop (PDF File).

The next General Meeting will be held in Monaco, on 5-7 December 2018. The meeting will be held at the Yacht Club de Monaco. A one-day workshop on “innovative funding for coral reefs” (to follow-up the recent release on of report on innovations for coral finance: https://www.icriforum.org/news/2018/04/new-report-innovations-coral-finance) will be organized on December 4th, 2018.

Latest news

  • November 8th, 2018- The Agenda for the General Meeting is available
  • November 8th, 2018- The Agenda for the workshop is available
  • September 26th, 2018 - The ICRI Secretariat has limited funding available support the participation of some ICRI members. For more information, please contact the ICRI Secretariat.
  • September 26th, 2018 - the Member’s Report template is available (word document). Please send it back before November 16, 2018.
  • August 15th, 2018 - Registration page available
  • August 15th, 2018 - A block booking has been organized at a discounted price for delegates (the preferential code is MEET) at the Novotel Monte-Carlo. More information on the "travel and accommodation" page.




Download the Agenda (PDF File)

All the documents are available on Dropbox

Wednesday 5 December

8:15 Departure of the shuttle from the Novotel
09:00-09:10 Opening and welcome by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco

Remarks from the ICRI co-chairs

  • Susi Pudjiastuti, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia
  • H.E. Bernard Fautrier, Monaco
  • H.E. Angus McKenzie, Australian Ambassador to UNESCO

ICRI Secretariat

Presentation & adoption of the agenda
ICRI Secretariat


Amendment of the ICRI rules – Motion presented by France

Draft motion (word document) - Organization and management procedures for the International Coral Reef Initiative 2013 (PDF File)



Welcome new members and observers

10:30–10:50 Break

Summary of French Secretariat activity including the ICRI-UN Environment Small Grants initiative
France and UN Environment


Presentation of the Plan of Action of the new Secretariat
ICRI Secretariat

12:30-14:00 Lunch

Theme 1 – Promote effective and adaptable solutions to improve the protection of coral reefs 

1. A – Strengthening policies 

1.B - Promote and build capacity in applying innovative funding 

1.C – Support reef resilience at the local, regional and global scale

1.D - Promote leading practice reef restoration mechanisms by facilitating partnerships, investment and capacity building among ICRI members



16:40-17:00 Report on the “reef solutions” workshop
Denis Allemand, Centre Scientifique de Monaco

Theme 4 - Help to reduce anthropogenic threats to coral reefs, particularly those that occur at a global or regional scale

4. A – Elevate awareness of the global nature of threats to coral reefs and the need for a collective response to accelerate actions that address climate change at a local to global scale.

4.B – Review of impacts of chemical pollution on coral reefs and associated ecosystems 

4.C - Guide actions to prevent and mitigate the impacts of marine pollution

18:15 Departure of the shuttle to the Novotel or to the Scientific Center of Monaco (note that a shuttle will also be available from the Center to the Novotel at 19:15)
20:00 Cocktail / Diner at the Novotel

Thursday 6 December

8:15 Departure of the shuttle from the Novotel

Theme 2 – Understand the trends of coral reefs 

Adoption of IGP and Roadmap


GCRMN regional updates

12:30-14:00 Lunch

Theme 3 - Live Reef Food Fish Trade
Session chaired by Susi Pudjiastuti, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia

  • Science and Conservation of Fish Aggregations (SCRFA)
    Yvonne Sadovy, SCRFA
  • Fisheries (TBC)
    The Nature Conservancy
15:30–16:00 Break

6th International Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management Symposium (ITMEMS)
Session chaired by Susi Pudjiastuti, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia

17:15 Departure of the shuttle to the Novotel
18:10 Departure of the shuttle for the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
18:30 - 19:30 Guided tour of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
19:00 - 21:00 Cocktail / Diner at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
21:05 Departure of the shuttle to the Novotel

Friday 7 December

8:15 Departure of the shuttle from the Novotel

Review of the motions and proposed ad hoc committees and adoption (ICRI Secretariat)

  • Organisation and Management Procedures for the International Coral Reef Initiative
  • Ad hoc committee on ITMEMS
  • Ad hoc committee on the post-2020 target(s) for CBD
  • Ad hoc committee on reef restoration
10:30–10:50 Break

Transversal activity - Fostering partnerships / collaboration, including with private sector 

  • 5th Our Ocean
    Susi Pudjiastuti, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia
  • Report of the evaluation of Community of OCEAN Action “coral reef” commitments
    Jerker Tamelander, UN Environment
  • Blue Charter (Commonwealth)
    Nick Hardman-Mountford
  • Upcoming meetings, including the fourth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4)
    ICRI Secretariat

Report on the International Year of the Reef 2018
Claire Rumsey, IYOR coordinator

12:30-14:00 Lunch

Further reports from members

16:00–16:20 Break

Meeting outcomes and closing

Adopted documents from the meeting (ICRI Secretariat)

  • Plan of action 2018-2020
  • Motions
  • Terms of Reference for the new Ad hoc committees 


Next ICRI General Meeting: Townsville, Australia – ‘Managing for Resilience’

Member's Reports

Australia (PDF File) Barbados (PDF File)
Blue Finance (PDF File) Brazil (PDF File)
Colombia (PDF File) Coral Cay Conservation (PDF File)
Indonesia (PDF File) ISRS (PDF File) + ISRS Consensus Statement on Coral Bleaching Climate Change
Japan (PDF File) Kenya (PDF File)
Maldives (PDF File) Pacific Community (PDF File)
Philippines (PDF File) Project Aware (PDF File);
Reef Check Foundation (PDF File) Reef World Foundation (PDF File)
SCRFA (PDF File) South Africa (PDF File)
Thailand (PDF File) The Nature Conservancy (PDF File)
The Netherlands (PDF File) The World Bank (PDF File)
Indian Ocean Commission (PDF File) Seychelles (PDF File)
Tanzania (PDF File)  France (PDF File)
Palau (PDF File) SPREP (PDF File) 
United Kingdom (PDF File) Wildlife Conservation Society (PDF File)
Myanmar (PDF File) Madagascar (PDF File)
Costa-Rica (PDF File) UN Environment (PDF File) 
Panama (PDF File) Mexico (PDF File)


CFA Logo

Conservation Finance Alliance

Innovative Finance for Coral Reefs Workshop

Monaco, December 4th, 2018


Oceanographic Museum of Monaco


Sponsors: the Prince Albert II Foundation, Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Government of Sweden.

The workshop on Innovative Finance for Coral Reefs aims to provide an overview of opportunities and approaches for financing marine conservation with a focus on coral reefs and related ecosystems, enabling factors for the development of conservation finance mechanisms, and key steps for their establishment.  The workshop will include presentations and panel discussions on effective and innovative solutions followed by a hands-on exercise to prioritize and develop innovative finance solutions. 

The one-day workshop is targeted towards conservation practitioners, professionals, planners and policy makers from governmental and intergovernmental agencies, civil society organizations, the private sector and academia eager to understand and discuss finance tools and solutions for effective management of marine and coastal environments.  The workshop will be proceeded with an expert’s meeting on the afternoon of December 3rd (by invitation only – fstaub@icriforum.org). 

Download the Agenda (PDF File)

Report of the workshop (PDF File)



H.E. Bernard Fautrier, Co-Chairman, International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI)

Background / Setting the scene
The Coral Reef Economy
Jerker Tamelander, UN Environment
The global and local importance, financing needs, and current financing of coral reefs and related ecosystems
Hazel Thornton, UNEP-WCMC
Historical use of economic instruments and other finance solutions for coral reef management
David Meyers, CFA
Panel 1: Effective Scalable Solutions
Moderator: Caleb McClennen, WCS
Visitation Fees
Yimnang Golbuu, Ph.D. CEO, Palau International Coral Reef Center
Conservation Trust Funds
Sylvie Goyet
Biodiversity Offsets
Ray Victurine, WCS
 Coffee Break  11h
Panel 2: Emerging Tools and Opportunities
Moderator: David Meyers, CFA
Investment Funds
Tenke Zoltani, Finance Specialist, UNDP
Insurance and Impact Investing
Claudia Ruiz, Reef Rescue Initiative Coordinator, MARFund
Public Private Partnerships
Nicolas Pascal, Blue Finance
Debt Conversion for Marine Conservation
Robert Weary, The Nature Conservancy
 Lunch  13h

 Short Interventions: Next Steps

  • ICRI Incubator Launch and call for proposals
    Francis Staub, David Meyers
  • Plans to share innovative finance ideas at World Ocean Summit
    Ray Victurine, WCS
  • A Global Fund for Coral Reefs
    Chuck Cooper, Vulcan
Exercise on Finance Solutions for Coral Reefs
 Introduction and Methodology  14h30
Group Work – ID and Prioritization 14h45
Coffee Break 15h45
Group Work – Feasibility and Design 16h15
Plenary Sharing 17h15
Closing 18h



The meeting will be held at the Yacht Club de Monaco.

Hotel information

A block booking has been organized at a discounted price for delegates (the preferential code is MEET) at the Novotel Monte-Carlo (6, boulevard Princesse Charlotte MC 98000 MONACO):

  • Single room, breakfast included: 150 euros VAT incl.
  • Double room (one double bed or two single bed), breakfasts included: 165 euros VAT incl.

Note: a morning shuttle to the meeting venue will be provided for participants but only from this hotel.


The closest airport is the Nice-Côte d'Azur (NCE) airport and it just half an hour by taxi or bus from Monaco.

From Nice airport to the Principality of Monaco and return

Bus Transfer to Monaco

Transfers carried out by the company "Rapides Côte D'azur - RCA": line 110. Tickets can be bought on board or at the company desk in Terminals 1 or 2 or by Internet or http://www.niceairportxpress.com.

Daily departures from Nice International Airport Terminal 1 & 2 from 8.30 am (8.45 am week ends) to 9.00 pm (including weekends), each half an hour (more information on the website). The line 110 provides services to the Monaco hotels. Ask the Driver to drop you at the stop closest to your Hotel.

There is also a night bus from terminal 1 to Monaco, but it works only Friday and Saturday nights (except holydays). : Line N100 - From Terminal 1 to Monaco only: 10.00 pm / 11.30 pm / 1.00 am / 2.30 am (schedule).

Returning to the airport by Bus

Departures from Monaco to Nice International Airport Terminal 1 & 2 with Line 110: check at your hotel desk for the closest stop or check on the company Website.

Returning with Night Bus service for Terminal 1

From Thursday to Saturday (except holidays), the route "NocTAM'bus" – Line N100 - provides 4 return trips from 11.32 pm to 4:02 am. One way ticket is cheap with a security guard on the bus.Check website for schedule.

Other means of transportation

  • Helicopter Transfer is available, ask at the welcome desk at the airport.
  • Taxi transfer: fare is usually 90 – 100 euros (indicative information, rely on taximeter).
  • Train: international trains from the main European cities arrive at the Monaco/Monte-Carlo station, which is located in the city center.
  • Road: Monaco is connected by motorway to main European cities.


Monaco does not deliver visas. To enter the Monegasque territory it is necessary to travel through France and hold a valid passport, visas and/or other forms of authorizations required by the French authorities. Visa application should be made to the French Embassy or Consulate or any other country that is party to the Schengen agreement. The ICRI Secretariat may provide a formal invitation on request.

A valid Schengen visa allows you to stay on the territory of the Principality of Monaco and Shengen countries for a period that does not exceed 90 days.

For any further enquiry on all relevant visa issues (including health certification/insurance) that should be obtained, we strongly advise you to contact the French Embassy or Consulate of your home country.

General information

  • Geographical location of Monaco - Monaco enjoys a privileged geographic location at the heart of Mediterranean Europe and stretches along a narrow 3344 meters strip of coast bordering the Mediterranean Sea. The Principality is nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, bounded by the French Riviera to the west and the Italian Riviera to the east.
  • Time zone - Standard Time Zone: UTC/GMT + 1 hour. Time Zone Abbreviation CET - Central European Time.
  • Weather - In December, the average temperature in the Principality of Monaco varies from 9° /13°C.
  • Electrical appliances - In the Principality of Monaco, the electrical voltage is 220V/ 50MH - European plug type is used, therefore having converters to this type is recommended.
  • Official language - French is the Principality's first language. English and Italian are also widely spoken.
  • Money and Exchange - The official currency of the Principality of Monaco is the Euro (€).Money can be withdrawn using a cash card or a credit card from one of the many cash machines around the city.
  • Credit cards - Credit cards which are most commonly accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops are Visa, American Express, Mastercard and Eurocard.
  • Telephone calls - All major long-distance phone carriers provide easy access for making calls using their calling card codes from any phone or hotel. Paying calling cards are available within the Principality. The Principality of Monaco international phone code is + 377.

Registrations are closed.