34th ICRI General Meeting

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

Latest news:

  • The online registration form now available

Key Dates:

  • 2 November – deadline to submit the member report
  • 2 November – Registration deadline
  • 2 November – Registration deadline for submitting ‘motions’
  • mid November – Final agenda posted
  • 2 December – Meeting commences

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.

About Townsville: Townsville is a city on the north-eastern coast of Queensland, Australia, located about 1,348 km from Brisbane and 348 km from Cairns. With a population of close to 200,000, the city is a hub for business and industry and is often referred to as the unofficial capital of North Queensland.
Townsville lies adjacent to the central part of the Great Barrier Reef and is close by many other natural wonders including Magnetic Island, Paluma Range National Park and Hinchinbrook Island. The Headquarters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and its education centre, Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, are located here.

 


Aerial view of Townsville (photo credit: Townsville Enterprise)

Airports: 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.

Climate: Townsville is in the dry tropics region and enjoys over 300 days of sunshine per year. December is the warmest month of the year with average maximum temperature of 31 degrees and average minimum of 24 degrees. Townsville is susceptible to tropical cyclones.

Currency: Australian Dollars.

Language: English.

The tentative agenda for the meeting is as follows:

Date Activity
Monday December 2
  • Managing for Resilience Workshop
  • ICRI General Meeting Welcome Reception (Mercure Hotel Townsville)
  • Tuesday December 3
  • ICRI General Meeting – Day 1 (hosted by Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), AIMS facility, Cape Ferguson)
  • Wednesday December 4
  • ICRI General Meeting – Day 2 (Mercure Hotel Townsville)
  • Official ICRI General Meeting and ICRI 25th Anniversary Dinner
  • Thursday December 5
  • ICRI General Meeting – Day 3 (Mercure Hotel Townsville)
  • 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.
    Saturday December 7 Port Douglas - Site visit to the Great Barrier Reef

    Managing for Resilience Workshop

    Monday 2 December 2019, Mercure Townsville

    This day-long workshop will focus on managing to build reef resilience in the face of climate change impacts.

    Objectives

    • 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.

    Agenda summary (download the PDF File of the agenda)

    • Welcome
    • Traditional Owner perspective
    • Overview of resilience-based management, its benefits and how it differs from regular protected area management including an overview of coral reef ecosystem resilience dynamics
    • What resilience-based management for coral reefs looks like using case studies
    • Coral reef resilience assessments
    • Coral reef Resilience Network: resources and tools for managers
    • The Resilient Reefs Initiative: introduction to new global program and preview of resilience strategy at Ningaloo Coast
    • Scaling up resilience-based management of coral reefs: small group discussions
    • Reporting back on how to apply approaches
    • Wrap up

    A field visit to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park will take place on Saturday 7 December, departing from Port Douglas.

    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.

    A coach transfer from Port Douglas to Cairns International Airport will be provided on the morning of Sunday 8 December for participants.

    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.

    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
    :
    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