This scientific workshop constitutes a key activity towards preparation of a regional GCRMN coral reef status report. The overall objectives of the process are to create a comprehensive inventory of reef data in the region and improve access to such data; to identify key drivers of reef change and provide actionable management and policy recommendations as well as recommendations for future monitoring; and to revitalize the regional GCRMN network and strengthen regular reporting. The workshop reviewed long-term datasets collated to date and identified data gaps, discussed and agreed on data analyses as well as interim arrangements and long term aims for management and maintenance of coral reef monitoring data in the region, and also provided recommendations for strengthening the regional monitoring network. The workshop was jointly organized by UN Environment, the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l’Environnement (CRIOBE). The activity directly contributes to implementation of UN Environment Assembly resolution 2/12 paragraph 14 as well as SAMOA Pathway paragraph 58e.