2012-01-03 06:20

The third General Meeting under the French-Samoan co-secretariat was held from the 12-15 December 2011, in La Réunion. Two resolutions were adopted. One on the International Coral Reef Action Network, that suspends the Network, and the other one on the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development that encourages ICRI members to support the inclusion of references to the conservation and sustainable management of all coral reefs, and their importance to sustainable development in the final outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), as well as any statement of commitments which may also include the blue economy and integrated oceans management. A recommandation on the Indian Ocean Region was also adopted.

2011-12-28 11:15

The Ramsar Secretariat is delighted to announce that Indonesia has designated Pulau Rambut Wildlife Reserve (90 hectares, 05°58’28”S 106°41’35”E) as it sixth Wetland of International Importance. As summarized by Ramsar’s Saber Masoomi, the wildlife sanctuary, located on a small atoll reef island northwest of Jakarta City, has a tropical climate and comprises several wetland habitat types, such as coral reefs, intertidal flats, mangrove forests, lagoons and seasonal freshwater marshes.

2011-12-13 06:40

6 December 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has delayed action on its annual omnibus text on Oceans and the Law of the Sea. The draft under consideration refers to the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) as a unique opportunity to consider measures to implement internationally-agreed goals and commitments on the conservation and sustainable use of the marine environment and its resources.

2011-11-29 17:32

The Gillard Government announced today the proposed establishment of the world's largest marine protected area in the waters of the Coral Sea that fall within Australia's Exclusive Economic Zone.

Environment Minister Tony Burke said the Coral Sea was recognised across the world as a marine region of significance for its unique biodiversity. And in Australian waters the environment is in near pristine condition.

The proposed Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve covers approximately 989 842 square kilometres - an area of ocean more than half the size of Queensland.

The western side of the reserve has taken into account recreational and charter fishing as a use.

"Australia's vast oceans provide a source of food and resources, and are a place of recreation.

2011-11-17 11:31

The Secretariat of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) has published inputs from Stakeholders that responded to the invitation from the Second Preparatory Committee for inclusion in a compilation document to serve as basis for the preparation of zero draft of the outcome document. The request was transmitted by the Co-Chairs of the UNCSD Bureau in a letter dated 14 March 2011.

31 submissions are mentioning coral reefs, including the inputs from the European Union that is referring to ICRI

2011-11-14 06:39

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Coastal communities in remote areas of the Coral Triangle in Indonesia and the Philippines will receive Asian Development Bank (ADB) support to start small, green businesses that will help preserve one of the most diverse and threatened marine environments in the world.

A $2 million grant from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, administered by ADB, will help poor fishing households in Berau District in East Kalimantan, Indonesia and Balabac in Palawan, the Philippines, identify, establish and operate eco-friendly businesses that could potentially include seaweed culture, fish processing, boat transport services and livestock rearing.

2011-11-14 06:33

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has released a publication titled “Vulnerability of Tropical Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture to Climate Change," which includes contributions from 88 international scientists and fisheries specialists. The publication concludes that there will be winners and losers as a consequence of climate change in the Pacific region.

2011-11-02 16:39

28 October 2011: The Third Ministerial Meeting of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs Fisheries and Food Security opened this week, with environment and fisheries ministers from six Asia-Pacific countries meeting to advance their collective agenda for protecting and managing the fragile Coral Triangle.

The Coral Triangle is known as the "Amazon of the Seas" for being one of the world's most diverse and threatened marine ecosystems. It encompasses ocean areas in six countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

2011-11-02 16:32

1 November 2011: Several UN entities have issued a Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability, which highlights the role of oceans in sustainable development and offers recommendations ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) jointly prepared the inter-agency paper. It was presented at a side event held on 1 November 2011, in Paris, France, during the 36th session of the General Conference of UNESCO.

2011-11-01 03:10

Australia will partner with Belize in hosting ICRI for the 2012 2013 biennium. The announcement was made by Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Rudd in his opening remarks to the Australian-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Foreign Ministers' meeting in Perth on Monday October 24. The meeting was a prelude to the opening of the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. Belize Foreign Minister, the Honourable Wilfred Elrington and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Chairman Dr Russell Reichelt were on hand to hear the Minister's announcement. The text of the Minister's announcement can be viewed at: www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/2011/kr_mr_111024.html.

2011-09-28 15:54

The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), with support from the French Government , released during the 22nd SPREP Meeting, held in September 2011 in Apia (Samoa), a “Good coastal management practices in the Pacific : experiences from the field”. This work resulted from a recommendation adopted during the last ICRI General Meeting.

2011-09-12 05:17

The 7th ICRI East Asia Regional Workshop will be co-hosted by the Fishery Administration, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia, and the Ministry of the Environment, Japan in collaboration with the ICRI Secretariat. It will be held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from the 9th to 13th October 2011.

2011-09-08 08:28

In its decision X/29 (paragraph 74), the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) requested the Executive Secretary to prepare a report on the progress made in the implementation of the specific work plan on coral bleaching, adopted in decision VII/5 (appendix 1 of annex I), and make it available for consideration at the sixteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, scheduled for 30 April to 4 May 2012.

2011-08-25 06:47

On Wednesday August 31, 2011 at 2pm US EDT, TNC will host a webinar on the Lionfish Invasion in the Caribbean. In this Webinar, they will look at what innovative solutions are being tested at national and regional scales to try and abate the lionfish threat.

2011-08-25 06:14

The Caribbean Marine Protected Areas Management Network and Forum (CaMPAM) is pleased to announce the completion of the Caribbean MPA Management Capacity Assessment, which is now available online at the CaMPAM website http://campam.gcfi.org/CapAssess/CapacityAssessmentReport2011/index.html.

2011-08-24 13:34

12 August 2011: The UN General Assembly has circulated an advance, unedited version of a Report of the UN Secretary-General, titled “Protection of coral reefs for sustainable livelihoods and development,” for consideration at the Assembly's 66th Session.

The Report was requested by the Assembly in resolution 65/150 of December 2010. It analyzes the economic, social and development benefits of coral reef protection in the context of the themes and objectives of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and identifies potential actions needed to protect coral reefs and related ecosystems.

2011-08-09 23:28

Press Release / Washington, August 4, 2011 — The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has given US$8.75 million grant to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable management of fragile marine ecosystems in the Eastern Caribbean, including the protection of over 100,000 hectares of marine habitat.

The Sustainable Financing and Management of Eastern Caribbean Marine Ecosystem Project establish conservation trust funds to provide reliable and consistent sources of funding for biodiversity preservation. It will also promote collaboration among participating countries (including governments, communities, NGOs, and the private sector) to facilitate marine and coastal conservation, protect near shore areas, and support a regional monitoring and information network.

2011-07-27 02:19

The RAMSAR Secretariat is very pleased to announce that the United States has named the Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (204,127 hectares, 05⁰52’N 162⁰06’W) as its 30th Ramsar Site, comprising coral reefs, permanent shallow marine waters, and intertidal forested wetlands of the atoll and submerged lands and associated waters out to 12 nautical miles from it, in the equatorial Pacific 960 miles south of Honolulu, Hawaii. A National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) since 2001, the site supports a variety of species with different conservation status under the National Endangered Species Act and IUCN Red List, such as the Hawaiian monk seal (Monachus schauinslandi), Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), and Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas).

2011-07-25 11:06

In January 2010 during the 24th general assembly of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), the Secretariat agreed to set up an Ad Hoc Committee to develop a strategic plan for the control of lionfish in the Wider Caribbean. The control of this invasive species is supported on Article 8 In-situ conservation subdivision "h" of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in which "prevents the introduction, control and eradication of those alien species which threaten ecosystems, habitat or species”, as well as in Article 12 of the regional treaty “Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife Protocol” of the Cartagena Convention.

2011-07-05 04:53

The International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), meeting in Dresden (Germany) from 28 June to 1 July, has added 18 new sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR), which now numbers 580 sites in 114 countries.

2011-06-28 05:00

The world’s oceans were at high risk of entering a phase of “globally significant” extinction of marine species, an international panel of marine experts warned at Headquarters today.

Speaking during a press conference to launch a new report by the International Programme on State of the Oceans (IPSO) on the protection of marine species, the panel concluded that the combination of stressors on the ocean was creating the conditions associated with every previous mass extinction of species in history; the speed and rate of ocean degeneration was far greater than predicted; many of the negative impacts previously identified were greater than the worst predictions; and, though difficult to assess due to the unprecedented rate of change, the first steps towards a global extinction ma

2011-06-27 12:04

The Ningaloo Reef on the north-western coast of Australia is home to the largest fish in the world, the Whale Shark, as well as to more than 500 species of tropical fish and 220 species of coral. The rich marine life includes soft and hard corals, manta rays, sea snakes, whales, turtles, dungeons and sharks. Australia is the country with the largest number of natural World Heritage Sites in the world.

“The Ningaloo Coast is a unique place with outstanding natural beauty and biological diversity, which plays an important role in the protection of marine species,” says Tim Badman, Director of IUCN’s World Heritage Programme. “The Coast tells an extraordinary story of biological isolation, climate change, the movement of continents and environmental conservation.”

2011-06-22 14:39

The 2nd Meeting of the Regional Initiative for the Conservation and Wise Use of Mangroves and Corals, organised by the Ecuadorian and Mexican Governments in coordination with the Ramsar Secretariat, took place from 14 to 16 June in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The event was opened by the Minister of Environment of Ecuador, Mrs.

2011-06-15 04:59

8 June 2011: In a message delivered on the occasion of World Ocean Day, Biliana Cicin-Sain, President of the Global Ocean Forum, called for commitment to achieve a significant ocean outcome at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and announced the launch of "Rio+20 Friends of the Ocean."

2011-06-08 14:11

The ecosystem approach lays out a series of principles to guide management towards long-term sustainability of marine and coastal ecosystems. With this new guide on Marine and Coastal Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM), UNEP seeks to assist countries and communities to take steps towards making marine and coastal ecosystem-based management operational - from strategic planning to on-site implementation.