34th ICRI General Meeting

The 34th ICRI General Meeting will be held in Townsville, Australia, from 2-7 December 2019.

Australia, led by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, hosted the 34th ICRI General Meeting from 2-7 December 2019. This year marked 25 years since ICRI was first established by the governments of Australia, France, Japan, Jamaica, the Philippines, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

The General Meeting was well attended, with over 80 delegates from all over the world discussing the global challenge of caring and advocating for coral reefs and associated ecosystems. The first day of the meeting was held at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), followed by two days at the Mercure Townsville, concluding with a coach trip from Townsville to Port Douglas with a field visit to the Great Barrier Reef on Saturday 7 December.

A number of key outcomes of the 34th ICRI General Meeting include:

“Managing for Resilience” workshop

A side event of the ICRI General Meeting was the “Managing for Resilience” workshop, which the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority hosted and jointly facilitated with The Nature Conservancy and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

The workshop provided an opportunity for international coral reef managers and experts to build their understanding of resilience-based management and share examples of how to apply it to best manage our reefs.

The workshop was also designed to enhance international collaboration between ICRI partners on scaling up resilience-based management actions. More information on the workshop will be shared with ICRI members in the weeks to come.

International Coral Reef Initiative celebrates 25 years video

ICRI celebrated 25 years during the 34th ICRI General Meeting. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) put together a video during the celebratory dinner which includes interviews with Josh Thomas, CEO GBRMPA, Margaret Johnson, General Manager GBRMPA, and Jennifer Koss, Director, Coral Reef Conservation Programme, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Watch the video here.

Download a PDF version of the agenda

 

Monday December 2nd, 2019 (Mercure Townsville)

17.00-18.00 – Registration
18.00-20.00 - Welcome event, Mercure

Day 1 - Tuesday, 3 December (AIMS facility, Cape Ferguson)

Dress code: Casual with closed shoes

8.00 - Shuttle bus departs Mercure Hotel for AIMS

Session 1: Opening and membership

Session 2 - AIMS Science Day: science and managing for resilience theme contributing to theme 1 (Reef restoration) and 2 (Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network)

10.30-12.45 - Contributions to theme 2 - Understand the trends of coral reefs

  • Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network
    • GCRMN data capture exercise
      Serge Planes, CRIOBE
    • GCRMN Status of Coral Reefs of the World 2020
      David Souter, AIMS
  • Coral Reef Monitoring Network updates
    • Coral Reef status of Myanmar
      Cherry Aung, Myanmar
    • Current Conditions and Countermeasures for the Conservation of Coral Reef Ecosystems in Japan (tentative)
      Makiko Kimura, Japan
    • GCRMN Caribbean network
      Sandrine Pivard, SPAW-RAC
  • Advancing monitoring through technology and partnerships
    • Closing the loop: From data to decisions
      Manuel Gonzalez-Rivero and David Mead, AIMS
    • MERMAID: a global dashboard (datamermaid.org)
      Emily Darling, WCS

12.45-13.15: Lunch

13.15-14.45: Tour of the Australian Institute of Marine Science

14.45-15.00: Afternoon Tea

15.00-17.00: Contributions to theme 1 - Promote effective and adaptable solutions to improve the protection of coral reefs

  • Reef restoration
    • Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program
      David Mead, AIMS
    • Report from the Ad hoc committee on reef restoration and adaptation
      Ian McLeod, James Cook University (JCU)
    • Presentation of the motion on reef restoration
      David Souter, AIMS
  • New ICRI website
    Francis Staub, ICRI Secretariat

BBQ dinner hosted by AIMS at their Cape Ferguson facility

Day 2 – Wednesday, 4 December (Mercure Townsville)

Session 3 - The Implementation of the Plan of Action 2018-2020

  • 09.00 – 11.30: Theme 1 – Promote effective and adaptable solutions to improve the protection of coral reefs
  • 11.30-12.00: Theme 4 - Help to reduce anthropogenic threats to coral reefs
    • The noise pollution in coral reefs
      Didier Zocolla, Monaco
    • Australian Government initiatives to reduce plastic debris in the Pacific region
  • 12.00-12.30: Fostering partnerships / collaboration, including with private sector
    • Commonwealth Blue Charter Coral Reef Action Group
      Amanda Brigdale, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia
  • 13.30-14.00: Theme 3 –Live Reef Food Fish Trade (LRFFT)
    Yvonne Sadovy
  • 14.00-15.00: International Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management Symposium (ITMEMS)
    Claire Rumsey, ICRI

Session 4: Discussion on draft Motions

Discussion on the motions presented:

  • Motion to update the 2005 ICRI resolution on artificial coral reef restoration and rehabilitation
  • Motion to extend the ICRI Ad Hoc Committee on coral reef restoration and adaptation research and development
  • Motion for the Inclusion of a Coral Reef-Related Target in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
  • Motion on addressing the decline of herbivorous fish populations for improved coral community health throughout the Tropical Eastern Pacific, the Eastern and Western Atlantic, and the Greater Caribbean Region
  • Motion to support the global fund for coral reefs

Official ICRI General Meeting and ICRI 25th Anniversary Dinner
The Ville, Townsville

Day 3 – Thursday, 5 December (Mercure Townsville)

  • 9.00-9.30: Discussion on the motions presented

    Session 5: Reports from ICRI bodies

  • 9.30-11.00: Report from members
    • International Coral Reef Society
    • The World Coral Conservatoire: a Noah's ark for corals and reef ecosystems
    • The IUCN Red List of Threatened Corals
    • Overview of impact of and response to Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease plaguing Florida and parts of the Caribbean
    • Future Plans of CTI-CFF
    • Update on Coral Triangle Center activities

    Member's reports:

    • AIDA report to the 34th ICRI General Meeting

       

      Session 6: The future

      • Upcoming events of interest to members
        • 11-19 June 2020, Marseille, France - IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020
        • 5-10 July 2020, Bremen, Germany - 14th International Coral Reef Symposium
          • Policy Side Event at the 14th International Coral Reef Symposium
        • Our Ocean 2020 – Palau
        • The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)
          Jason Philibotte, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
      • Next Secretariat

      Session 7: Meeting outcomes and closing

      • Adopted documents from the meeting

      Optional tour of Australian Institute of Marine Science vessel, the Cape Ferguson

      Day 4 – Friday, December 6

      Townsville to Port Douglas (coach trip from Townsville to Port Douglas)
      Will include a stopover at the Hinchinbrook Island lookout, with talks along the way from GBRMPA experts and Traditional Owners.

      Day 5 – Saturday, December 7

      Port Douglas - Site visit to the Great Barrier Reef

  • Managing for Resilience Workshop

    Monday 2 December 2019, Mercure Townsville

    A side event of the ICRI General Meeting was the “Managing for Resilience” workshop, which the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority hosted and jointly facilitated with The Nature Conservancy and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

    The workshop provided an opportunity for international coral reef managers and experts to build their understanding of resilience-based management and share examples of how to apply it to best manage our reefs.

    The main objectives were:

    • Build an understanding of what “managing for resilience” means for coral reefs
    • Share leading practice examples of how resilience-based management can be applied
    • Open a dialogue about resilience-based management and the tools available for coral reef managers.

    The workshop was also designed to enhance international collaboration between ICRI partners on scaling up resilience-based management actions. More information on the workshop will be shared with ICRI members in the weeks to come. Download the agenda (PDF File).

    A field visit to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park will take place on Saturday 7 December, departing from Port Douglas. Download the draft itinerary for the field visit to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (PDF File).

    Port Douglas is a coastal town on the Coral Sea, approximately 400 km (248 miles) north from Townsville, known for its beachside resorts and as a base for visits to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park – part of Australia’s Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

    The ICRI Secretariat will provide transport from Townsville to Port Douglas by coach on Friday 6 December, and the coach ride will take participants on an unforgettable 6-hour journey along the coast of the Great Barrier Reef and through the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area – where the rainforest meets the sea.

    Participants may also choose to fly directly from Townsville to Cairns and arrange their own transfers to Port Douglas at their own expense, should they prefer not to travel by coach. Qantas (www.qantas.com) and Regional Express (www.rex.com.au) both provide regular daily flight services between Townsville and Cairns, with a number of shuttle bus providers offering services between Cairns Airport and Port Douglas.

    The closest airport to Port Douglas is Cairns Airport. If you plan to join the field visit, please remember you will need to book your returning flights from Cairns Airport. Transfer time from Port Douglas to Cairns Airport is 60-70 minutes. Coach transfers will not be provided.

    Cairns Airport Shuttle can provide transfers from Port Douglas to Cairns Airport. https://www.cairnsairportshuttle.net/.

    You will need to book your hotel in Port Douglas for Friday 6 December and Saturday 7 December.

    A block booking has been made at Oaks Resort Port Douglas for two nights from check-in on Friday 6 December to check-out on Sunday 8 December. To make a booking, contact reservations@theoaksgroup.com.au or call +61 7 32461700 and be sure to quote GBRMPA GOV at the time of booking. Rooms/Rates:

    • Hotel Garden View Rooms - $129 per night

    Airport: The closest airport is Townsville Airport (TSV)
    Note: If you intend to participate in the field visit we recommend that you fly into Townsville Airport and out of Cairns Airport.

    Accommodation

    The meeting will be held at Mercure Hotel Townsville.
    A block booking has been made at a discounted price for participants at the Mercure Hotel. To make a booking, call 07 4759 4900 or email res@mercuretownsville.com.au and quote GBR021219 at the time of booking. The discounted price is only available until 30 days prior to the event.

    Rooms/Rates:

    • Standard Queen Rooms (1x queen) - $129.00 per room per night, inclusive of buffet breakfast for 1 adult or $139.00 per night with breakfast for 2 adults
    • Standard Twin Rooms (1x queen & 1x single) - $139.00 per room per night, inclusive of buffet breakfast for 1 adult or $149.00 per night with breakfast for 2 adults
    • Superior King Rooms (1x king or 2 x king singles) - $149.00 per room per night, inclusive of buffet breakfast for 1 adult or $159.00 per night with breakfast for 2 adults

    Note: If you wish to stay elsewhere, please be aware that you will need to arrange your own transport to and from the meeting venue (Mercure Hotel) each day.

    Hotel for the Field Visit: Port Douglas – Friday 6 to Sunday 8 December

    A block booking has been made at Oaks Resort Port Douglas for two nights from check-in on Friday 6 December to check-out on Sunday 8 December. To make a booking, contact reservations@theoaksgroup.com.au or call +61 7 32461700 and be sure to quote GBRMPA GOV at the time of booking.
    Rooms/Rates:

    • Hotel Garden View Rooms - $129 per night

    Visa Requirements: Visitors to Australia will require a visa. Details of the process and type of visa that you will require can be found here: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-finder/visit. Should you need a letter of invitation, please contact international@gbrmpa.gov.au. We recommend all participants apply for their visa well in advance.

    Participant's Information
    Flight & Hotel
    Arrival
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    Departure
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    Those taking part in the field trip should ensure their returning flight departs from Cairns Airport.
    Hotel
    A block booking has has been organized at a discounted price for delegates (please quote code GBR021219) at the Mercure Hotel Townsville.
    Agenda