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33rd ICRI General Meeting

Wednesday , December 05, 2018 - Friday , December 07, 2018


The 33rd ICRI General Meeting was held in Monaco, on 5-7 December 2018 at the Yacht Club de Monaco. A one-day workshop on “innovative funding for coral reefs” was organized on December 4th, 2018.

Summary record

The 33rd ICRI General Meeting (GM), and the first one under the 2018-2020 Australia, Indonesia and Monaco Secretariat, was held from December 5th to 7th in Monaco. Through the support from Sweden and Monaco, delegates from several countries and organisations were able to attend and participate in the meeting. In total, 87 delegates from 43 ICRI member countries (21) and organisations attended the meeting (list of participants (PDF File), agenda (PDF File)).

The meeting was opened by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and welcoming remarks were given by H.E. Susi Pudjiastuti, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia and H.E. Angus McKenzie, Australian Ambassador to UNESCO.

The meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Bernard Fautrier, H.E. Susi Pudjiastuti, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia, H.E. Angus McKenzie, Australian Ambassador to UNESCO and Margaret Johnson, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Australia.

Apologies were received from the following members: The World Bank, Reef Check, Indian Ocean Commission, Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, Cartagena Convention Secretariat, Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the Philippines, Maldives, and Ambassador Thomson. The commonwealth Secretariat and Mauritius were welcomed as observers.

Main outcomes
Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN)

Download the summary record:

A one-day workshop on “innovative funding for coral reefs” was held on December 4th, 2018. View the report of the workshop (PDF File).

Day 1 – Tuesday, 3 December (AIMS facility, Cape Ferguson)
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)
  • Reef restoration (Theme 1) and report from the ad hoc committee on reef restoration
  • Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (Theme 2)
    David Souter and Serge Planes

    • Tools and resources for coral reef monitoring, MERMAID – example of global dashboard (
      Emily Darling, WCS

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
  • Theme 1 – Promote effective and adaptable solutions to improve the protection of coral reefs
    • Summaries of legislative and regulatory mechanisms
    • Ad hoc committee on developing a recommendation for a post-2020 coral reef target
      Chuck Cooper, Vulcan
    • Innovative financing (TBC)
    • Report from 4th World Heritage Marine Managers Meeting ICRI Side Event on reef resilience
      Margaret Johnson, GBRMPA
    • Resilience-based Management Workshop
      Ben Palmer, GBRMPA
  • 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
  • Theme 3 –Live Reef Food Fish Trade (LRFFT)
    Yvonne Sadovy and Indonesia
  • International Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management Symposium (ITMEMS)
  • Fostering partnerships / collaboration, including with private sector
    • Commonwealth Blue Charter (TBC)
    • Community of Ocean Action (TBC)
    • G7 Environment Ministers’ Meeting, May 2019 (TBC)
Session 4: Discussion on draft Motions

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

Day 3 – Thursday, 5 December (Mercure Townsville)
Session 5: Reports from ICRI bodies
  • Report from members
    • Overview of impact of and response to Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease plaguing Florida and parts of the Caribbean
      Jennifer Koss, Director/NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
Session 6: The future
  • Post 2020 framework
    • Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), October 2020, China
  • 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
    • The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)
  • 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

Innovative Finance for Coral Reefs Workshop

Monaco, December 4th, 2018


Sponsors: the Prince Albert II Foundation, Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Government of Sweden.

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 –

Download the Agenda (PDF File)


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.

Visa Requirements

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.

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

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.
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