Terms of reference for the ad hoc committee on developing a recommendation for a post-2020 coral reef target


The 33rd ICRI General meeting (December 2018, Monaco) has concluded that there is an urgent and continued need for action to address coral reef issues in the post-2020 framework. Any future target should be quantifiable and have an ambitious but realistic timeframe with a holistic view of coral reefs within the broader marine system as well as relate to the broader sustainable development agenda, with clear cross-reference to other global and regional policy instruments and commitments relevant to coral reefs. The reduction in anthropogenic pressures continues to be necessary to give coral reefs a chance of surviving by supporting their health and resilience.

The 14th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted Decision XIV/ADV, setting out the process for development of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, to be considered by CoP15 in Beijing, October 2020. ICRI has a unique opportunity to coordinate a consistent view across its member countries and organizations on the need for and substance of a coral reef target.

The objective of the ad hoc committee will be to:

  1. Coordinate ICRI’s contribution to a post-2020 global biodiversity framework, including preparing a timeline, according to the ICRI Rules of Procedure;
  2. Develop a draft recommendation for a coral reef target and an appropriate alternative that aligns with and builds on other relevant processes.
  • Composition

    • Chair: ICRI Secretariat
    • Members: Australia, France, Indonesia, Japan, Seychelles, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Vulcan Inc.
  • Duration: the ad hoc committee will work intersessionally and provide its recommendation and plan for action to the 34th ICRI General Meeting.

  • Working procedures: The ad hoc committee will work virtually and take advantage of any opportunities for face to face meetings in the side lines of other meetings.

    Documents related to this ad hoc committee

  • Initial discussion document on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework:

    In decision 14/34, the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted a comprehensive and participatory process for the preparation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The process requires that an initial discussion document summarizing and analysing the initial views of Parties and observers be made available in January 2019.

    The initial discussion document on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework has been prepared, with the guidance of the co-chairs of the Open-Ended Inter-Sessional Working Group to support the preparation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, and is being made available for review. This document reviews relevant decisions, summarizing the initial views of partners and observers and provides a number of questions to stimulate the discussion. In addition, a supporting information document provides a comparative analysis of the initial views received. Both documents are available at https://www.cbd.int/post2020/. Parties and observers are encouraged to provide further views on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework by sending comments by 15 April 2019.

    Upcoming events

  • Global Consultations

    The 9th Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity will be held from 2-5 July 2019, in Trondheim, Norway, and will also serve as a global consultation on science based evidences in support of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. More information available at: https://trondheimconference.org/. The deadline for electronic registration on the Conference webpage is 28 February 2019.

  • Regional Consultations

    A regional consultation workshop on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework for the Western Europe and Others Group and other members of the European Union will be held 19-21 March 2019 in Bonn, Germany. Nominations for participants are due by 22 February. Information on this workshop is available here: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2019/ntf-2019-010-post2020-en.pdf


  • Thematic Consultations

    The Secretariat is planning a thematic consultation on oceans tentatively scheduled for December 2019 in Montreal, Canada. More details to follow.