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
    • Chairs: ICRI Secretariat, Monaco, and Vulcan Inc.
    • Members: Australia, France, Indonesia, International Coral Reef Society (ICRS), Japan, New-Caledonia, Monaco, Seychelles, SPREP, UNEP-WCMC, United Kingdom, United States of America / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Wildlife Conservation Society, WWF International, UN Environment.
  • 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 produced by the ad hoc committee

Post-2020 process

Previous events

Forthcoming events

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/.

Other useful links/ material to support the Committee