ICRI News

2019-09-16 04:23

Climate change remains the greatest threat to the Great Barrier Reef, as highlighted in a report recently released by Australia's lead management agency for the Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's 2019 Outlook Report is published every five years and provides an overview of the condition of the Reef's ecosystem and heritage values, use, influencing factors, management effectiveness, resilience, and risks to its future.

2019-08-30 09:15

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Australia’s lead management agency for the Great Barrier Reef, released its position statement on climate change, widely acknowledged as the greatest threat to the Great Barrier Reef and coral reefs worldwide. The position statement outlines what is causing the climate to change, why it’s the greatest threat to the Reef, and that securing the Reef’s future requires actions at all levels.

The Authority’s position is:

2019-08-30 07:55

The world has lost over 50 percent of its coral reefs due to climate change and other human pressures in the past 40 years. Few accurate maps of remote coral reefs exist, and without good maps, it is hard to protect them—or know what we have lost until it is gone. Detailed habitat maps can help local resource managers identify areas that may be in greatest need of conservation action, so the reefs can be saved before it is too late.

2019-08-29 09:20

Coral reefs provide enormous economic value to humanity and are gaining increasing attention from donors, philanthropists, and governments. This webinar will explore the use of Conservation Trust Funds and Impact Investing to support coral reef conservation. Conservation Trust Funds (CTFs) are private, legally independent institutions that provide sustainable financing for biodiversity conservation. Impact Investing is investing in companies, organizations, and funds with the intention of generating measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Specifically, the webinar will discuss how protected area, national, and regional CTFs can raise, manage, and invest financing for coral reef conservation and restoration.

2019-08-20 05:47

"Social-environmental drivers inform strategic management of coral reefs in the Anthropocene", a landmark study on coral communities recently published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, is the result of the unique collaboration of over 100 scientists, across 44 countries across the Indo-Pacific.

This is the largest-ever study of coral communities and involved more than 2500 reefs across the Indo-Pacific, this assessment lead the team to identify three categories of reef according to their functionality and vulnerability to ocean warming. These three categories will be used to designate the management for the reefs:

2019-07-31 10:25

The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) provides matching grants and cooperative agreements for international coral reef conservation projects.

CRCP solicits proposals that will support the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program Strategic Plan (Strategic Plan-2018) which uses a resilience-based management approach, focused on conservation that supports the ability of corals to withstand and recover from stress. All international tropical coral reef locations are eligible under this Federal Funding Opportunity with emphasis on the Wider Caribbean, South East Asia and South Pacific, and Micronesia.

The deadline for grant application is Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

2019-07-15 12:08

The annual summary report on reef condition for the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) has resulted in a mixed bill of health- read the report here.

The GBR has been subjected to a period of intense disturbance activity in the last five years. A fourth wave of crown-of-thorns starfish, coupled with a cluster of severe tropical cyclones and major bleaching events have caused widespread coral declines on a spatial scale which is unparalleled in the history of LTMP surveys.

2019-07-12 04:52

The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) recently released a pioneering peer-reviewed study titled, "Management for network diversity speeds evolutionary adaptation to climate change" in which scientists from CORAL demonstrated that coral reef management that takes into account evolution and adaptation can help rescue coral reefs from the effects of climate change, this was done as a result of the collaborative Modeling Adaptation Potential (MAP) project.

2019-07-01 06:24

On World Oceans Day President Carlos Alvarado of Costa Rica signed a decree for the "promotion of restoration and conservation initiatives for the recovery of coral ecosystems," aimed at protecting corals. The decree, establishes guidelines to recover existing corals and create artificial reefs.

The Minister of the Environment, Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, explained that coral areas function as natural barriers that protect cities and coastal communities from storms, hurricanes and tsunamis.

2019-06-28 10:40

The Group of 20 (G20) Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth adopted a framework for action on marine plastic litter. In a Communique, the G20 Environment Ministers call for action to tackle marine plastic litter and microplastics, among other types of marine litter, and to address the adverse impacts on marine ecosystems, livelihoods, industries and human health.

2019-06-28 10:20

Saving vulnerable turtles and seabirds, restoring tourism infrastructure after cyclones, monitoring crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks and ensuring zoning rules are followed are just a few of the achievements of a unique Great Barrier Reef program which celebrated its 40th anniversary in June.

2019-06-26 10:36

Media coverage of mass coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef may have been a major tipping point for public concerns around climate change, according to research published today.

Severe and extensive bleaching during the summers of 2016 and 2017 has been directly attributed to human-caused climate change. Much of the ensuing media coverage used emotional language, with many reports of the Reef dying.

While the physical effects of the bleaching have been well documented, we wanted to understand the social and cultural impact.

2019-06-21 04:38

The Reef-World Foundation is the international coordinator of the UN Environment's Green Fins initiative. Green Fins focuses on driving environmentally friendly scuba diving and snorkelling practices across the industry globally and can be used by governments in their efforts to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 14 (Life below water) and 12 (Responsible consumption and production).

In this interview, JJ Harvey (Director of the Reef-World Foundation) talks about the Green Fins initiative, the new Dive Guide e-Course and why it's so important.

2019-06-18 08:30

A summary poster to help guide the detection and identification of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) was designed in early 2019 by MPAConnect, a partnership between the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute and US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Coral Reef Conservation Program with a network of 30 Caribbean coral reef marine protected areas.

2019-06-17 11:37

The International Year of the Reef (IYOR) 2018 End of year Report has been finalised and is now available for download.

The report features only a small selection of the numerous events and activities that took place over the Year in support of the IYOR ranging from local beach clean-ups to proclamation signings declaring the IYOR. We are grateful for all of the support and enthusiasm you had for the IYOR, and what a success you helped make it.

Although the IYOR 2018 has come to an end, the work that took place during the Year must continue, and we encourage all of you to keep the spirit and message of the IYOR alive.

 

 

2019-06-06 07:23

The Great Barrier Reef may be the planet's largest living structure, but its underwater landscapes have never been fully mapped - until now.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is teaming up with the University of Queensland in a collaborative project that will see the Great Barrier Reef's biology and geomorphology mapped in unprecedented 3D detail.

Thanks to technology advancements, spatial experts can now combine state-of-the-art satellite imagery, bathymetry, slope, wave data, climate data, and modelling techniques, as well as project partners' knowledge of reef environments, to fill existing gaps. It builds on more than 20 years of work by remote sensing experts and will combine the knowledge of ecologists, Reef managers and citizen scientists.

2019-05-09 09:58

At the occasion of the G7 Environment Ministers' Meeting held in Metz, France, on May 5th and 6th, the International Coral Reef Initiative was chosen as one of the initiatives to be presented. This was an opportunity to continue to raise the plight for coral reefs and to strengthen the initiative.

2019-05-08 10:53

Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history — and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the summary of which was approved at the 7th session of the IPBES Plenary, meeting last week (29 April – 4 May) in Paris.

2019-05-01 07:54

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released the findings of a new, in-depth study titled "Rigorously Valuing the Role of U.S. Coral Reefs in Coastal Hazard Risk Reduction" (funded in part by the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI) Office of Insular Affairs) demonstrating annual benefits of coral reefs including a flood-protection barrier for more than 18,000 coastal citizens and $1.8 billion worth of coastal infrastructure in the United States and its trust territories. The study will help managers take effective actions to reduce the risk to, and increase the resiliency of, U.S. mainland and U.S. insular area coastal communities to flooding and other hazards.

2019-04-29 09:07

Stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) is a new lethal disease first reported in Florida in 2014. The cause of the disease is unknown but it is affecting >20 species of corals especially brain, pillar, star and starlet corals. The disease spreads quickly causing high coral mortality. Outbreaks of SCTLD have been noted in other parts of the Caribbean: Jamaica, Mexican Caribbean, St. Maarten and, most recently St. Thomas, USVI and the Dominican Republic.

2019-04-26 08:21

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has announced details of ambitious $40 million initiative to promote ocean conservation

The initiative, which was announced at a TED talk in Vancouver today, is based on delivering Blue Bonds to up to 20 countries over the next five years. The international environmental non-profit organisation hopes that these will help ensure the new protection of up to 1.5 million square miles of the world's most biodiversity-critical ocean habitats - a 15 percent increase in the amount of protected ocean that currently exists.

2019-04-23 08:16

With the support of Professional SCUBA Schools International (PSS), the Green Fins Dive Guide e-Course has been launched. This is the only course available which teaches dive professionals how to prevent diving-related damage to coral reefs by following the highest environmental standards, as set out by the Green Fins initiative. Dive guides can access the course for free here and have the option of donating £19 ($24) to support Green Fins' work around the world and receive a personalised electronic certificate.

2019-04-12 09:38

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation has completed the World Reef Map, an online interactive coral reef atlas that allows users to explore all of the coral reefs and shallow water marine habitats mapped on the Global Reef Expedition. This digital coral reef atlas is the result of years of work by a team of dedicated scientists and many months of field research in coral reef ecosystems around the world.

2019-04-05 08:44

The workshop was hosted by the Government of Anguilla, organised by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee / Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (JNCC/Defra) and facilitated by Dialogue Matters. The aim of the workshop was to bring UK Overseas Territories (OTs) in the Caribbean and other regional bodies together to build relationships, help identify the main threats and challenges facing coral reefs in each territory, and identify potential areas for greater collaboration in the region.

2019-04-04 08:59

The 5-minute Community of Ocean Action video briefly outlines the issues facing coral reefs globally, it then touches on how the Communities came about, specifically focussing on the coral reef community and number of voluntary commitments so far. In addition to Special Envoy for the Ocean Peter Thomson, interviews clips include a fisherman from Kiwayu, Kenya describing the decline in reef fish stocks; Lisa Svensson; Brahmantya Poerwadi, Director General of Marine Spatial Management, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries in Indonesia and ICRI co-chair; and David Obura, Director of CORDIO East Africa.