Meetings General Meetings
The first general meeting of the Mexico-United States ICRI Secretariat and the official international launch of the International Year of the Reef (IYOR 2008) was held from the 22nd – 25th January, 2008 in Washington DC. The meeting was co-chaired by Robert Cudney, Mexico and Stephanie Caswell, United States.
A particular note of thanks was made to Minister Estrosi, Secretary of State in charge of French Overseas Territories, for addressing the meeting. The participation of Ambassador Kyota of Palau was also recognised.
A total of 79 participants attended the ICRI General Meeting, with 35 local participants and observers. Eighteen countries were represented and 26 organisations. Five apologies were received. Thirty-six ICRI members were represented by a nominated focal point. ICRI welcomed Project Aware as a new member.
The next General Meeting hosted under the Mexico-United States Secretariat is planned for 12-13th July 2008, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, directly following the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium. Parallel to the General Meeting, an ICRI Regional Workshop on Sustainable Tourism in the Caribbean Region will take place.