ICRI News

2020-02-19 08:27

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced the release of the 2020 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Coral Reef Conservation Fund.

2020-02-10 11:41

Since 1971, French Polynesia, according to its local jurisdiction, has been setting up marine protected areas. Some are internationally recognized and awarded by UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere program (Fakarava atolls) and by the RAMSAR convention on the international importance of wetlands (Moorea lagoon).

The task at hand

The management of these areas involves ecological, cultural and socio-economical territory issues. This is understandable, considering some of the challenges:

2020-02-03 08:49

The TUI Care Foundation and The Reef-World Foundation are launching an initiative to help protect coral reefs in the Dominican Republic. The partnership will encourage environmental stewardship by bringing together key members of the community to focus on the protection of these sensitive and fundamental ecosystems. Over 300 people from a variety of local reef-based businesses will receive specialised training on how to work more sustainably. More than 65,000 tourists will receive information on coral reef protection and over 2,000 members of the community will also learn about reef protection through the environmental activities of Youth Ambassadors.

2020-01-31 05:35

Palau's National Environmental Protection Council (NEPC) has issued a report on the state of the environment in the country. The report shows that most of the shallow coral reefs of Palau are in good condition, and reveals "overwhelmingly positive" trends.

2020-01-28 07:13

On January 16, 2020, The Remengesau Foundation Vice President Debbie M. Remengesau and her youngest daughter, Mayumi Remengesau, presented a donation of $20,000 to Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) on the occasion of the Center's 19th Anniversary Fundraising Gala Dinner. This is the biggest donation to date made by the Remengesau2 Foundation.

2020-01-23 05:52

Scientists discovered dozens of new coral species on a recent voyage along the length of the Great Barrier Reef. A team of scientists completed a 21-day trip from the Capricorn Bunkers off Gladstone to Thursday Island in the Torres Strait late last year.

"On almost every dive we were finding species that aren't in the books," said Professor Andrew Baird from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University (Coral CoE at JCU).

Scientists from Queensland Museum (QM), University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia were also part of the expedition.

2020-01-15 12:31

The Ocean Innovation Challenge (OIC) is a unique new mechanism that has been designed to accelerate progress on SDG14 by the identifying, financing, advising and mentoring of truly innovative, entrepreneurial and creative approaches to ocean and coastal restoration and protection that sustains livelihoods and advances the 'blue economy'. The OIC seeks innovations that are transferable, replicable and scalable in order to achieve maximum catalytic impact. The first call for applications opens on 8 January 2020.

The goal of OIC is to accelerate progress on SDG14 by catalysing replicable and scalable innovations - including technical, policy, economic and financial - that can be sustained and contribute directly to delivery of one or more SDG14 targets.

2020-01-15 11:28

A team of NOAA scientists recently examined more than a thousand hot water events on coral reefs across the Pacific Ocean. Combining on-site monitoring with satellite records, they found that corals in deeper waters are just as exposed to marine heatwaves as those in shallower waters. They published these findings in Nature Scientific Reports.

This is bad news for coral reefs. These unique ecosystems have already experienced the devastating effects of three global coral bleaching events from hotter-than-normal water. Climate models project that temperatures will continue to rise.

2020-01-15 11:59

Love the Reef is a free, game-based app that anyone can play, with the added bonus of supporting Australian primary school students. Discover plenty of fascinating facts about Australia's unique living icon, including the animals that live there and the growing combination of manmade and natural threats it faces. The app was produced by the Foundation in partnership with the Queensland Government and is designed to inspire a deeper appreciation for the Great Barrier Reef.

Download it for free from the AppStore or Google Play or go to LovetheReef.org to find out more.

 

2020-01-15 11:43

A huge marine protected area surrounding much of the Pacific Island nation of Palau went into effect Jan. 1, 2020, after years of planning by local officials and advocates. Within the sanctuary, which covers 80 percent of Palau's national waters, all extractive activities such as fishing and mining are now prohibited.

Locally managed fisheries are still permitted to operate within the remaining 20 percent of Palau's exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

2020-01-14 11:58

The Conservation Finance Alliance Incubator seeks to identify, support and promote innovative ideas and solutions to conservation finance challenges that have significant positive conservation impacts. Innovation is essential to identify and develop conservation finance solutions and is especially urgent given the current rates of biodiversity loss. This virtual incubator will identify and support five concurrent projects for incubation for periods of 9 to 12 months. Support will be in the form of grants and mentorship by CFA members.

2019-12-20 13:21

Numerous studies have shown that herbivorous fish play a fundamental role in the health and survival of coral reefs by removing the algae that robs corals of the light and space they need to grow. But populations of these small algae-eating fish are diminishing rapidly due to human activity, which puts our reefs at greater risk. In the Mexican Caribbean, for example, 60 percent of the reefs are considered in poor or critical health.

There exist a diverse array of herbivorous fish in our oceans; they’re grouped into various families that are, in turn, divided into groups according to their feeding habits and roles in controlling algae growth. Parrotfish are among the most important species, as their strong beaks allow them to clean large amounts of macroalgae.

2019-12-17 10:54

The InsuResilience Solutions Fund (ISF) supports the development of innovative climate risk insurance solutions by funding preparatory studies necessary for the development of the insurance concept as well as for assessing the feasibility of the envisaged solution.

In preparation for the development of a reef insurance product in the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) Region, the ISF funded two preparatory studies:

2019-12-17 10:27

Oceans Action Day took place during the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid, Spain, to assess existing ocean and climate action, identify gaps that need to be addressed and reaffirm the importance of the ocean-climate nexus.

The event convened on 7 December and was hosted by the Governments of Japan, Chile and the UK. The Day featured a number of high-level panel sessions.

During the discussion on the ocean and climate nexus within the UNFCCC and beyond, panelists highlighted, inter alia:

2019-12-17 10:21

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has released a report that finds ocean areas are increasingly experiencing low levels of oxygen, which threatens marine ecosystems and fish species that are already impacted by ocean warming and acidification. IUCN released the report at the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the UNFCCC.

2019-12-17 09:34

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is proud to release their findings from the largest coral reef survey and mapping expedition ever conducted in French Polynesia. The Global Reef Expedition: French Polynesia Final Report provides a comprehensive summary of the research findings from the Expedition, an assessment of the health and resiliency of French Polynesia’s coral reefs, and recommendations for preserving French Polynesia’s coral reefs into the future.

2019-12-16 02:47

Funding and political will were the leading enablers to help restore coral reefs, it was revealed in a recent survey of 28 countries and organisations striving to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems.

Most International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) members who responded to the online survey highlighted the need for more research to understand what they needed to do, and to establish a plan of action. Most also said more funding and training was needed.

The results revealed a substantial mismatch between current and aspirational coral restoration and adaptation projects in terms of scale, capacity and funding. The average area of restoration projects was a 0.33ha, while the annual area required was more than 80ha.

2019-12-10 11:47

Unabated climate change could cause coral reef tourism revenue losses of over 90%, while some West African countries are forecast to see fish stocks decline by 85%, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis into country-by-country climate impacts on key ocean sectors, published today as world leaders gather at the U.N. climate change conference (COP25) in Madrid.

Commissioned by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, a group of 14 heads of government, ‘The expected impacts of climate change on the ocean economy' assesses global to local climate impacts on three of the largest sources of ocean-based revenue and jobs - coral reef tourism, wild capture fisheries and marine aquaculture.

2019-12-10 10:39

Coral reefs play an important role in protecting coastlines from the impact of tropical storms and hurricanes, by reducing exposure to strong waves, flooding and erosion. However, in turn, hurricanes inflict considerable damage to the reef in terms of reduced coral cover and loss of structural complexity. Dislodgement and displacement of massive boulder colonies, broken tips and edges to total fragmentation of branched corals and sometimes structural fractures, are some of the effects of cyclone impact to the reef. Without intervention, affected organisms can be moved continuously by the current, become overturned or buried by sediment, leading to severe tissue loss and abrasion and preventing their reattachment and recovery.

2019-11-04 10:15

Since 2014, the Florida Reef Tract has been severely impacted by a newly documented coral disease which scientists are calling "Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease" because it affects hard stony corals and is characterized by the rapid loss of live coral tissue. The disease spread rapidly across coral reefs from Palm Beach to the lower Florida Keys and in the last year has been reported elsewhere in the Caribbean, including in Jamaica, Mexico, Sint Maarten, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Belize and Sint Eustatius.

2019-10-31 06:08

Blue Action Fund has announced a new open Call for Proposals. This call will focus on Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. In the case of transboundary projects, project components can also be carried out in Panama.

2019-10-17 10:59

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is now accepting entries for the 2020 Science Without Borders® Challenge! This annual art contest inspires students from all over the world to be creative while learning about important ocean science and conservation issues. The theme for this year's competition is "Take Action: Conserve Coral Reefs," and scholarships of up to $500 will be awarded to the winning entries.

2019-10-14 11:16

World Resource Institute (WRI), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), National Geographic Society (NGS), and Vulcan Inc. need your input on the key data needed to support informed decision-making relevant to coral reefs. These organisations are collaborating on this research effort to evaluate the data needs for several key audiences, including marine protected area managers, marine conservation practitioners, coastal planning authorities, and the insurance sector. Your participation is vital to help identify key data sets, as well as data gaps to improve information platforms to support decision-making on coral reefs and in coastal areas.

This survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

2019-10-11 04:45

The Tahiry Honko project is helping to tackle climate breakdown and build community resilience by restoring and protecting mangrove forests.

A celebration at the heart of a protected mangrove forest in Madagascar this week marked the formal inauguration of the world's largest mangrove carbon conservation project. The forest, situated in the Bay of Assassins in the remote southwest of the country, is protected and managed by communities from surrounding villages within the Velondriake Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA).

2019-10-07 11:19

Exactly two months before the 25th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP25) begins, the Because the Ocean initiative has released today its new report: Ocean For Climate: Ocean-Related Measures in Climate Strategies (Nationally Determined Contributions, National Adaptation Plans, Adaptation Communications, and National Policy Frameworks).

UNFCCC COP25 will take place in Santiago, Chile 2nd-13th December, 2019.

In the preamble to the new report, COP25 President Carolina Schmidt, Environment Minister of Chile says: