ICRI News

2019-04-01 07:40

During Monaco Ocean Week, ICRI hosted a special breakfast event about coral reefs. The event brought together more than 50 participants and recalled the main objectives of the ICRI 2018-2020 action plan, which was also adopted in December 2018 during the 33rd ICRI General Meeting in Monaco, also endorsed recently at the 4th Assembly of Nations for the Environment and in particular: 

2019-03-27 07:56

The tourism industry plays a vital role in presenting the values of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area to millions of visitors each year. To further educate visitors experiencing the beauty of the Reef, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, together with the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators and Tourism and Events Queensland, have launched the ‘Master Reef Guides' program. In February, the first intake of 13 specially trained guides graduated from the program and can be seen on tourism operations across the Reef educating visitors about Reef management and protection, responsible practices, and citizen science.

2019-03-27 07:16

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is calling for collective regional, national and international action to reduce the impacts of marine debris on the Great Barrier Reef. In March, the Authority released its position statement on marine debris, identifying it as one of the major threats to the natural wonder that is the Great Barrier Reef.

2019-03-21 05:54

The Wildlife Conservation Society, in collaboration with the Conservation Finance Alliance and in support of the 50 Reefs initiative, recently released "Finance Tools for Coral Reef Conservation: A Guide" as a resource for protected area managers and others charged with managing and financing reef conservation. The report describes 13 types of finance tools which have either been proven successful at or have great potential to support reef conservation and sustainable management. Some of the finance tools to be covered in this overview webinar include various tourism-based fees, biodiversity offsets, bonds, debt swaps, and conservation trust funds. This webinar will share key findings and recommendations from the report and invite discussion from participants.

2019-03-18 13:18

The United Nations Environment Assembly is the world's highest-level decision-making body on the environment. It addresses the critical environmental challenges facing the world today. Understanding these challenges and preserving and rehabilitating our environment is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Environment Assembly meets biennially to set priorities for global environmental policies and develop international environmental law. Through its resolutions and calls to action, the Assembly provides leadership and catalyses intergovernmental action on the environment. Decision-making requires broad participation, which is why the Assembly provides an opportunity for all peoples to help design solutions for our planet's health.

2019-03-15 10:00

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Japan have announced an initiative on tackling marine plastic litter in Southeast Asia and India. The initiative focuses on tackling plastic pollution at its source.

The initiative titled, ‘Promotion of Countermeasures Against Marine Plastic Litter in Southeast Asia and India,' will develop a model for plastic leakage and monitor leakage hotspots along the Ganges and Mekong rivers. The initiative will also enhance information and knowledge on how to develop and implement countermeasures against marine plastic litter. Selected cities and local and provincial governments in India will also receive support to stop plastic pollution.

2019-03-15 10:45

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a report that provides recommendations for policymakers on how to address and reduce the impact of plastics on shallow water coral reefs. The report is one of several publications on the conservation and sustainable use of marine environments released by UNEP in conjunction with the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4).

2019-02-17 07:25

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is pleased to announce that the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May 2019 will be: "Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health".

Whether you are in New York or Nairobi or Nagoya, chances are you have access to a greater variety of food than your parents or your grandparents once did. But even as the offerings become more diverse, the global diet as a whole - what people actually eat - is becoming more homogenized, and this is a dangerous thing.

2019-02-16 11:23

Coral reefs are critical ecosystems that are home to more than 25% of all known marine species, while occupying less than one quarter of 1% of the Earth’s marine environment (IUCN, 2013). In June 2018, the 50 Reefs initiative culminated with the publication of a scientific study on coral reefs that are least vulnerable to climate change and have the greatest capacity to repopulate other reefs over time. To contibute to 50 Reefs, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) worked in conjunction with the Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA) to create a working guide on the financial tools available for coral reef conservation.

2019-02-08 14:29

CRCP's National Coral Reef Monitoring Program released two new products during the midst of the holidays and government shutdown - I wanted to share them both again in case you missed them:

The Pacific status reports are out! Status reports are available for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, and the Pacific Remote Islands. These high-level reports are meant to communicate the status of US coral reefs to a broad audience. Thanks to the Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland team for leading this effort! Check them out: https://www.coris.noaa.gov/monitoring/status_report/

2019-01-18 17:39

The STINAPA Wild4Life School Program is a nature and environmental education program for all elementary schools on Bonaire with the objective to raise awareness among children and to develop a sense of respect and caring for the natural environment.

2018-12-15 12:24

On 29 November International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat co-host, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, held an international workshop on sustainable tourism management and the presentation of marine World Heritage values.

The event, which followed the Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference in Townsville, Australia, gathered coral reef managers from countries including Samoa, Vietnam, Palau, as well as ICRI Secretariat co-host Indonesia. Participants shared their expertise in the management of coral reefs through talking about the challenges they faced and the initiatives being implemented in their areas.

2018-11-13 17:44

The Convention on Biological Diversity launched a Global Coral Portal. The Portal has been developed pursuant to decision XII/23, by which the Conference of the Parties requested the development of a global coral reef portal linked to the website of the Convention and existing global and regional initiatives to facilitate technical collaboration and voluntary information-sharing on all aspects of sustainable management of coral reefs and related ecosystems. The Portal was prepared with financial support from the European Union.

The Portal is available at www.cbd.int/coral-reefs. It aims to:

2018-11-12 04:02

We all depend on coral reefs for something—from the air we breathe and some of the foods we eat to medical treatments. The nation’s coral reef resources also protect lives, livelihoods, and valuable coastal infrastructure.

Today, many of our coral reefs have been severely damaged by a number of threats. There is still time to protect and restore these remarkable ecosystems, but we must act now.

2018-11-08 11:28
Since 2015, the French Coral Reef Initiative (IFRECOR) has been developing MERCI-Cor a method to assess the significance of an ecological impact, to ensure better Avoidance and Reduction of ecological losses in the mitigation hierarchy, and sizing compensatory measures, to offset last residual losses. This project involve scientific parties (University Montpellier 3, Lab. CEFE and CRIOBE), NGO (Blue finance), consulting company and public regulators (Florida Dept of Env. Protection, French Dept fo Env Protection Agencies – Guadeloupe, Réunion Island and New Caledonia, French Ministry of the Env. and Barbados Env. Protec.
2018-11-08 08:58

The next Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be taking place between the 17th and 29th of November in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. This year, the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) will have a booth during the first week of the convention (17th-22nd November) at the Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) fair (located in Building 1).

2018-11-07 07:01

06 November 2018 – New findings released offer a compelling business case for investing in the protection of the world’s coral reefs, with economic benefits stretching into the tens of billions in just over a decade.

2018-11-04 10:38

Suva, Fiji – The Ministry of Fisheries teamed up with leading researchers to help fishers and fish sellers earn more money from grouper (kawakawa) and coral trout (donu) species once the fisheries begin to recover following the recent grouper seasonal protection.

“We are already taking the steps to build the stocks up, but with this new study we also want to ensure all stakeholders, especially Fiji’s fishers, can receive the highest economic value and benefits from these A-grade fish,” says Mr. Aisake Batibasaga, the Director for the Ministry of Fisheries. “We fully expect Fiji’s efforts to manage its grouper fisheries to become a model for the region.”

2018-11-04 06:46

This proposal track is open to initiatives aiming to advance marine ecosystem resilience, inform, improve, and propagate effective conservation and management methodologies, and scale up conservation with innovation in best practices, platforms, sensors, software, and data services.

Before writing your Expression of Interest, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the wide range of operational, technological, analytical, and informational support and services available from Schmidt Ocean Institute.

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2018-11-04 05:30

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., of the Republic of Palau, signed The Responsible Tourism Education Act of 2018 (Senate Bill No. 10-135, SD1, HD1) into law. This new law is part of the Palau Responsible Tourism Policy Framework which requires that all visitors to Palau “to become part of the solution to the environmental challenges in our pristine paradise.”

Starting on January 1, 2020, this new law will ban the sale and use of all sunscreen skincare products that contain the following ingredients:

2018-11-04 05:01

On the occasion of the « Our Ocean » Conference held in Bali on October 29 and 30 2018, the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) and UN Environment organized a high-level side-event on “The Future of Coral Reefs in a Sustainable Blue Economy” with the participation of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme. The event was an opportunity to discuss the urgent action and new financing required to save the world’s coral reefs. As reminded many times during the event, the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlighted the need for urgent action to save coral reefs from possible extinction by mid-century.

2018-11-04 03:34

In 2017, Paul Allen embarked on a diving excursion, not unlike he had many times before. As an avid diver, Allen had explored underwater areas throughout the world, from the Galapagos to the Red Sea. In his words, the ocean was his "great escape." But on this trip, near the end of the third and largest global-scale coral bleaching event to date, Allen saw first-hand how crisis facing corals was changing the place he loved.

The vibrant colors and flourishing ecosystem he once explored were replaced with brittle, white and brown structures. The reef had been decimated. What Allen experienced wasn't just an isolated case. In fact, studies suggest one quarter of the reefs worldwide are damaged beyond repair, with another two-thirds under serious threat.

2018-11-02 10:21

BALI, Indonesia—President Philippe Germain of New Caledonia committed today to protecting 200,000 to 400,000 square kilometers (77,220 to 154,440 square miles) of marine waters within the Coral Sea Natural Park, which the government established in 2014. A management committee has been working on a conservation plan for the 1.3 million-square-kilometer park, which covers New Caledonia’s entire exclusive economic zone in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The plan will define the park’s regions, as well as each region’s uses and level of protection.

2018-10-08 09:39

Incheon, Republic of Korea, October 8 – Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said on Monday.

The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C was approved by the IPCC on Saturday in Incheon, Republic of Korea. It will be a key scientific input into the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December, when governments review the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change.

2018-09-26 04:37

For this report, nearly 20,000 surveys from 128 islands covering 19 countries or territories were compiled and analysed. What the analysis showed is that the coral reefs of the Pacific, like in other parts of the world, are changing. Dominant corals are no longer dominant and herbivorous fish are on the decline. But the change at the regional level is often not reflected in observations made at the local level, as is true for acute stress events such as coral bleaching episodes and Crown-of-Thorns outbreaks. This might be good news. Local, island-specific dynamics suggest that local-scale management actions can help to mitigate the inevitable effects of global change, at least in the near future. Coral reefs in the Pacific are dynamic and recovery is likely to occur rapidly.