Global Coral Reef Partnership

Member Type: 
Regional Program endorsed by ICRI

The overall goal of the partnership (flyer, PDF File) is to promote and demonstrate ecosystem-based marine management in coral reef areas, in line with UNEP Governing Council and UNEA decisions, and as a contribution towards international targets such as Sustainable Development Goal 14 and Aichi Target 10. It is the primary vehicle for strengthening implementation of the ICRI Continuing Call to Action through the Regional Seas.

The Regional Seas provide the world’s only legal framework for protecting the oceans and seas at the regional level, using a «shared seas» approach to help restore the health, productivity and resilience of oceans and marine ecosystems, and to maintain their biodiversity.

Participating organizations include the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), a partnership among governments, international organizations and nongovernment organizations and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN); NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program; The Reef-World Foundation, international coordinators of the Green Fins initiative; Blue Finance, an organization focusing on development of economic instruments and natural capital-based approaches for management of marine resources; as well as UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre and GRID-Arendal.

The partnership delivers results under four work areas, three substantive and one institutional:

  • Securing impact through institutional support and outreach (flyer, PDF File)
  • Strengthening use of coral reef ecosystem service values in public and private decision-making (flyer, PDF File)
  • Building coral reef resilience in the face of climate change and ocean acidification (flyer, PDF File)
  • Enhancing data and information for ecosystem-based coral reef planning and management ()flyer, PDF File)

The partnership has a light institutional structure, formed around the Regional Seas as formal mechanisms for uptake and collaboration with technical partners in delivering of activities and outputs. A Partnership Steering Committee, which meets annually, sets the partnership work programme, reviews progress and provides guidance. UNEP hosts the partnership secretariat. The partnership modality and work programme are elaborated in UNEP Project Document 321.2 “Global Coral Reef Partnership: Towards an Ecosystem Approach to Coral Reef Management”. Implementation of activities is carried out with donor support as well as in-kind contributions by partners. The US Department of State counterpart contribution for UNEP’s work on coral reefs with the Regional Seas and ICRI has been instrumental in the establishment of the partnership. Financial support is also provided by France, Sweden, Norway and Monaco.

Jerker Tamelander
United Nations Environment Programme
Head, Coral Reef Unit
Additional Information

Last Updated: 7 September 2018