Meetings ICRI Meetings

35th ICRI
General Meeting

The 35th ICRI General Meeting will be held virtually the week of February 1st 2021

General information

In light of the current global situation related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the ICRI Secretariat will organise a virtual General Meeting the week of February 1st, 2021. The 3 following sessions will be held:

  • Monday, February 1st, 2021 – Opening, ICRI business (membership requests, ICRI governance) and a session on the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN)
  • Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 – Report from the ICRI ad hoc committees, and ICRI members
  • Friday, February 5th, 2021 – Future activities, meeting outcomes and closing

The sessions will start at 11:00 AM (GMT + 1) and will be recorded.

Key Dates
  • January 8th, 2021 – Deadline for submitting motions and comments on the agenda
  • January 15th, 2021 – Deadline for sending the questionnaire (Word document)
  • January 15th, 2021 – Deadline for registration (registration is mandatory)
  • Mid-January, 2021 – Final agenda posted
  • February 1st, 2021 – Meeting commences

Simultaneous translation in French, English and Spanish will be available.


Should you have any questions or need more information, do not hesitate to contact Francis Staub

In light of the current situation related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the ICRI Secretariat will not organise a General Meeting this year. However, a virtual meeting will be organized the week of February 1st, 2020 over 3 days.

Day 1 – Monday, February 1st (11:00 AM GMT + 1)

Housekeeping (including Presentation of the format of the event)
Francis Staub, ICRI Secretariat

Welcome 3 co-chairs 

  • Australia, Margaret Johnson
  • Indonesia, Dr. TB Haeru Rahayu
  • Monaco, H.E. Bernard Fautrier

New members

  • Coral Restoration Consortium (CRC), Tali Vardi
  • Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Michael P. Crosby
  • Deliberation on the new members

Report of activities of the ICRI Secretariat since the last GM
Francis Staub, ICRI Secretariat

Update on the International Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management Symposium (ITMEMS 6)
Hendra Yusran Siry, Indonesia

Musical interlude (TBC)

Coral reef ecosystems at the international level      

Report from the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN)
David Souter, Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)

Global Socioeconomic Monitoring Initiative for Coastal Management (SOCMON)
Mary E. Allen, NOAA


Day 2 –Wednesday, February 3rd (11:00 AM GMT +1)

Report from the ICRI Ad Hoc Committees

  • Resilience-Based Management, Teresa Sadkowsky
  • Reef Restoration, Ian Mc Leod
    • Work on mapping of funding for restoration activities, Margaux Hein
  • Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
    • The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework + upcoming meetings, Joseph Appiott, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
    • Post-2020 Coral Reef Target, Emily Corcoran

Report from ICRI Members

  • France, Antoine Pebayle
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Gabriel Grimsditch, UNEP
  • Red List, David Obura, Coastal Oceans Research and Development – Indian Ocean (CORDIO) East Africa
    • Red List of Ecosystems for coral reefs of the Western Indian Ocean
    • Red List of coral species – a global updated (IUCN Coral Specialist Group)
  • Ocean Watch and the global coral reef profile, Lauretta Burke, World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • MERMAID, Emily Darling, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
  • Update on Mission Iconic Reefs and other major restoration efforts underway in NOAA including the application of The Manager’s Guide to Coral Restoration Planning and Design, Jennifer Koss, NOAA
  • Overview of NOAA Coral Reef Status Reports published in 2020, Jennifer Koss, NOAA
  • Short presentation from International Coral Reef Society (ICRS) (including the 14th ICRS), Andréa Grottoli, ICRS


Day 3 – Friday, February 5th (11:00 GMT + 1)

Report from ICRI Members

  • Regional Activity Center for the Protocol on Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife of the Greater Caribbean Region (SPAW-RAC), Sandrine Pivard
  • Update on Caribbean Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) Prevention and Response Activities, including the NOAA SCTLD Strategy, Jennifer Koss, NOAA
  • The Reef-World Foundation, Chloe Harvey
  • Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) – Pacific Coral Reef Action Plan, Peter Davies, SPREP
  • Creation of the first MPA in Jordan

Approval of the Motions

Upcoming decades – How ICRI could be involved in the upcoming decades

Remarks by European Commissioner, for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Mr Virginijus

Meeting outcomes and closing