2011-04-21 16:13

The Governments of France and Samoa, as co-hosts of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat, in relation with the Principality of Monaco, are pleased to announce that the third and last General Meeting of the current secretariat, will be held in Réunion Island (in the Indian Ocean) on the 12 to 15 December 2011.

2011-04-19 09:02

(14 April 2011) A new study has conducted a preliminary investigation into the design of reserves that would help protect coral reefs from climate change. The results indicate that, 15 per cent of coral reefs in the Bahamas, the study area, would be able to withstand rising temperature, and would therefore be appropriately placed in reserves.

Rises in sea temperature have already caused several mass coral bleaching events, where corals whiten from the death of algae that live in a mutually beneficial relationship with the coral. This can threaten the coral’s survival. Oceans are expected to warm under climate change, which could potentially cause more bleaching and greater loss of coral.

2011-04-19 04:42

Washington DC – April 11, 2011 – Drainage and degradation of coastal wetlands emit significant amounts of carbon dioxide directly to the atmosphere and lead to decreased carbon sequestration, a new World Bank report has found.

The report, written in partnership with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and wetland specialists ESA PWA, calls for coastal wetlands to be protected and incentives for avoiding their degradation and improving their restoration to be included into carbon emission reduction strategies and in climate negotiations.

For the first time we are getting a sense that greenhouse gas losses from drained and degraded coastal wetlands may be globally significant and that drained organic-rich soils continuously release carbon for

2011-04-12 03:55

The "Coral Reef MPAs of East Asia and Micronesia" is a collaboration project between the Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC) and The WorldFish Center (ReefBase Project), funded by the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MoE). The initial dataset was provided by the UNEP-WCMC through the MPA Global database project (currently merged into the World Database on Protected Areas) and the updated data were provided by various country partners in East Asia and Micronesia regions. This database was first developed in 2005-2007 as part of the Japan-Palau ICRI secretariat Plan of Action for 2005 -2007 which updated the MPA Global database with 313 new coral reef MPAs data and linked with the spatial and other data on ReefBase.

2011-03-08 11:30

The following article was published in the Marine Ecosystems and Management (Vol. 4, No. 4), the bimonthly information service on marine ecosystem-based management.

2011-02-23 11:56

75% of World’s Coral Reefs Currently Under Threat, New Analysis Finds   -- “Reefs at Risk Revisited” report presents comprehensive analysis threats to coral reefs

WASHINGTON D.C.//LONDON (February 23, 2011)— A new comprehensive analysis finds that 75 percent of the world’s coral reefs are currently threatened by local and global pressures. For the first time, the analysis includes threats from climate change, including warming seas and rising ocean acidification. The report shows that local pressures— such as overfishing, coastal development, and pollution— pose the most immediate and direct risks, threatening more than 60 percent of coral reefs today.

2011-02-23 07:12

75% des récifs coralliens du monde sont actuellement menacés -- Le rapport "Reefs at Risk Revisited" présente une analyse complète des menaces sur les récifs coralliens - WASHINGTON D.C./LONDON (23 février 2011) - Une nouvelle analyse globale révèle que 75% des récifs coralliens du monde sont actuellement menacés par les pressions locales et mondiales.

2011-02-23 04:18

The World Resources Institute (WRI) spearheaded a broad collaboration of leading conservation organizations and research institutes to conduct a global, map-based analysis of threats to the world’s coral reefs called Reefs at Risk Revisited. This report provides detailed examination of human pressures on coral reefs, implications for reef condition, and projections of associated socioeconomic impacts in coastal communities (download the Reefs at Risk Revisited fact sheet).

2011-02-22 04:47

The regional Colombian government agency, CORALINA, that established and manages the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve and Marine Protected Area (MPA), has submitted an “Accion Popular” against Colombia’s National Agency of Hydrocarbons (ANH) to halt leases to Reposol-YPF and Ecopetrol to begin oil exploration inside the borders of the Seaflower MPA.

An “Accion Popular” is a legal instrument granted to citizens by Colombia’s National Constitution (Art. 88) that allows them to seek protection of collective rights and interests related to their homelands, environment, public safety, health, etc. The legal action was presented to the High Tribunal by CORALINA’s general director, Elizabeth Taylor-Jay on Wednesday, February 16.

2011-02-22 04:33

The CORDIO program has supported coral reef monitoring and research in the Indian Ocean since 1999. Topics have included reef ecology, resource use, socio-economics and support to management, policy development and capacity building. Much of our work has been reported in compiled ‘Status Reports’ in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2008, which are available at http://www.cordioea.org/status-reports.

2011-02-18 05:15

On February 23, 2011, the World Resources Institute and more than 25 partners will be launching Reefs at Risk Revisited, a new comprehensive analysis of the threats to coral reefs. The release will take place globally, with launch activities in Washington, D.C.; London, England; Malaysia; Australia; and other locations.

2011-02-15 04:35

The Social and Environmental Research Institute (SERI) is conducting research in Puerto Rico on coral reefs and tourism. We are documenting the degree to which snorkelers and divers engage in behavior that could be damaging to the coral reefs of Puerto Rico. We will also measure the effectiveness of reef etiquette messages at changing people's underwater behavior. We believe that a positive message can help build awareness to keep the reefs healthy and still serve as attractive places for tourists and local residents to visit and recreate.

2011-02-13 15:35

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet et Marie-Luce Penchard ouvrent la conférence " quel avenir pour les récifs coralliens ? ", le lundi 7 février 2011 à 09h30 au Palais de la Porte Dorée à Paris.

La conférence « Quel avenir pour les récifs coralliens ? » s’inscrit dans la cadre de l’année des outre-mer. Elle doit permettre à la France de valoriser auprès des décideurs français et de la communauté internationale les actions engagées dans les collectivités d’outre-mer, de tirer les enseignements de l'année internationale de la biodiversité et d’établir, au regard de ses engagements nationaux et internationaux, la feuille de route de la France en matière de préservation des récifs coralliens pour les années à venir.

2011-01-24 06:33

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the period from 2011 to 2020 as the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity in its Resolution 65/161:

2011-01-24 05:26

Central Queensland Floods: Impact on the Great Barrier Reef - Information SheetCentral Queensland Floods: Impact on the Great Barrier Reef - Information Sheet
ICRI members will have learned of the recent major flood events in countries including Brazil, Sri Lanka and Australia. Sadly, these events have had significant environmental and tragic human consequences.

In Australia, the flood waters which recently hit central Queensland towns are now flowing into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

2011-01-18 16:44

Marine Biodiversity Pacific Outlook ReportThe report provides a clear overview of key areas of the marine ecosystems contained within a combined Regional EEZ of approximately 29 million km2.

Major marine environmental issues identified in the Pacific islands region include impacts from environmental change, habitat loss and the effects of coastal modification, invasive species, fishing pressure as well as land and based marine pollution.

2011-01-08 10:54

Disease in tropical coral reef ecosystems: ICRI Key messages on coral disease

There is a clear consensus from the growing scientific literature that large-scale coral disease outbreaks represent a significant threat to the productivity and diversity of coral reef ecosystems. Global climate change has the potential to greatly increase the prevalence of coral disease worldwide, leading to a rise in associated coral mortality.

2011-01-05 06:14

We would like to share with you that the release date for Reefs at Risk Revisited is set! We will launch the report on February 23, 2011 with two simultaneous events on each side of the Atlantic—one in Washington, DC and one in London. More details on the times and venues will follow as the date gets closer. Reefs at Risk Revisited is an update of WRI’s 1998 global analysis of threats to coral reefs using new high-resolution data and improved modeling methods. This is the first Reefs at Risk study that evaluates climate-related threats and the social vulnerability of coastal communities to reef degradation.

2011-01-05 05:25

On December 30th the Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs the Honorable Mr. Franklin Myers signed a major step towards marine environmental protection for the country St Maarten when he approved the establishment of the Man of War Shoal Marine Park.

The boundaries of the Marine Park are between 18̊ ̊N and 17 ̊-57.0 N and 63 ̊-01.03 W and 63 ̊- 04.05 W, in an area better known as “the Proselyte Reef Complex ". This area includes the island’s most ecologically and economical important marine habitat, including extensive coral reef areas and seagrass beds. This area was chosen to be a priority for official conservation because of its intrinsic ecological, economic and cultural value.

2010-12-16 17:43

UN General Assembly (UNGA) Second Committee Adopts a Resolution on Coral Reefs

2010-12-15 05:55

The World Bank, together with IUCN and ESA PWA, announced the release of a brief for decision-makers entitled, "Capturing and Conserving Natural Coastal Carbon – Building mitigation, advancing adaptation." This information brief highlights the crucial importance of carbon sequestered in coastal wetlands and submerged vegetated habitats like seagrass beds for climate change mitigation.

Coastal wetlands, such as mangroves, tidal flats and salt marshes, along with seagrass beds sequester large amounts of carbon within their plants and especially in the soil. However, degradation of these habitats--as a result of drainage, conversion and reclamation--can result in substantial and ongoing emissions of greenhouse gases.

2010-12-08 09:29

29 November 2010 - This background paper, produced by IUCN in collaboration with ONERC, follows the proceedings of the IUCN conference "The European Union and its Overseas Entities: Strategies to Counter Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss", which took place on Reunion Island from 7 to 11 July 2008. The paper offers for the first time a comparative analysis of the 28 overseas entities of the European Union. It starts with a thematic analysis presenting the transversal threats on overseas entities in the face of climate change. Subsequent sections, specific for each of the 28 entities, provide some contextual data and an overview of their remarkable biodiversity, in addition to presenting the new threats resulting from climate change.

2010-12-08 04:15

Cancun/Nairobi/Plymouth, 2 December 2010 - The future impact of rising emissions on the health of seas and oceans may be far more wide-ranging and complex than was previously supposed, a new report released at the UN climate convention meeting in Mexico says.

The study, entitled the Environmental Consequences of Ocean Acidification, has brought together some of the latest scientific research on 'ocean acidification', a process triggered by increasing concentrations of dissolved C02 which is changing the sea's chemistry by lowering the pH of the marine environment.

2010-12-01 11:34

New research highlighting coastal locations where coral can better withstand rising sea temperatures, a leading cause of stress to coral reefs, may guide efforts to conserve the largest living structures on Earth.

2010-11-29 06:47

The CoReMo project (Coral Reef Monitoring) version 3, developed by ARVAM and funded under an agreement with Réunion Regional Council, the Ministry of Overseas France and the European Union; has been released.