33rd ICRI General Meeting

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.




Yacht Club, Monaco

Proposed agenda (08/11/2018)

Shuttle from / to the Novotel will be provided.

Download the agenda (PDF File)


Wednesday 5 December - Morning

Opening and welcome by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco

Remarks from the ICRI co-chairs Housekeeping

Presentation & adoption the agenda

Amendment of the ICRI rules – Motion presented by France

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

Welcome new members and observers

Presentation of the Plan of Action of the new Secretariat


Theme 1 – promote effective and adaptable solutions to improve the protection of coral reef

  • Strengthening policies
  • Promote and build capacity in applying innovative funding
  • Support reef resilience at the local, regional and global scale
  • Promote leading practice reef restoration mechanisms by facilitating partnerships, investment and capacity building among ICRI members

Report on the “reef solutions” workshop

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

  • 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.
  • Review of impacts of chemical pollution on coral reefs and associated ecosystems
  • Guide actions to prevent and mitigate the impacts of marine pollution

Cocktail / Diner at the Novotel

Thursday 6 December - Morning

Theme 2 – Understand the trends of coral reefs / Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN)

  •  The Implementation and Governance Plan (IGP) for the GCRMN
  • The 2020 roadmap


GCRMN regional updates

Theme 3 - Live Reef Fish Trade (LRFT) and fisheries

6th International Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management Symposium (ITMEMS)

Cocktail / Diner at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

Friday 7 December - Morning

Review of the motions and proposed ad hoc committees and adoption

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

  • 5th Our Ocean
  • Report of the evaluation of Community of OCEAN Action “coral reef” commitments
  • Blue Charter (Commonwealth)
  • Upcoming meetings

Report on the International Year of the Reef 2018


Report from members

Meeting outcomes and closing

Adopted documents from the meeting

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

Next ICRI General Meeting

Member's reports

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.
Participant's Information
Flight & Hotel
A block booking has been organized at a discounted price for delegates (the preferential code is METT) at the Novotel Monte-Carlo.

Innovative Finance for Coral Reefs Workshop

December 4th, 2018

Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

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).

Proposed Agenda (download the agenda)

9:00 - Welcome
H.E Bernard Fautrier, co-Chairman, International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI)

9:20 - The global and local importance, financing needs, and current financing of coral reefs and related ecosystems

9:40 - Historical use of economic instruments and other finance solutions for coral reef management
David Meyers, CFA

10:00 - Panel 1: Effective Scalable Solutions

  • Ray Victurine, WCS (Moderator)
  • Yimnang Golbuu, CEO, Palau International Coral Reef Center – Visitation Fees
  • Melissa Walsh, Manager, Pacific Ocean Finance Program - Biodiversity Offsets, PES

11:00 - Coffee Break

11:30 - Panel 2: Emerging Tools and Opportunities

  • David Meyers, CFA (Moderator)
  • Claudia Ruiz, Reef Rescue Initiative Coordinator, MARFund – Insurance and Impact Investing
  • Nicolas Pascal, Blue Finance - Public Private Partnerships
  • Robert Weary, The Nature Conservancy – NatureVest – Reef Insurance products

13:00 - Lunch

14:00 - Short Interventions: Next Steps

  • ICRI Incubator Launch and call for proposals – ICRI, CF
    Francis Staub, David Meyers
  • Plans to share innovative finance ideas at World Ocean Summit
    Ray Victurine, WCS
  • A Global Fund for Coral Reefs

Exercise on Finance Solutions for Coral Reefs

14:30 - Introduction and Methodology
David Meyers

14:45 - Group Work – ID and Prioritization

15:45 - Coffee Break

16:15 - Group Work – Feasibility and Design

17:15 - Plenary sharing

18:00 - Closing



  • the Prince Albert II Foundation
  • Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
  • Government of Sweden