2010-11-29 06:27

3 November 2010: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has relaunched the Global Coral Disease Database (GCDD), an online database for coral disease information, providing interactive maps and dynamic statistics of world-wide coral disease distribution.

2010-10-28 16:14

Climate, Carbon and Coral Reefs

26 October 2010 - The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have released a report titled "Climate, Carbon and Coral Reefs," outlining the threat to coral reefs caused by climate change and subsequent coral bleaching, as well as by ocean acidification.

2010-09-16 18:05

The Caribbean Regional Lionfish Workshop was held at the Radisson Hotel Hacienda in Cancun, Mexico from August 25 to 27. The workshop was organized and funded by the National Commission for Protected Areas (CONANP), Mexico, the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), U.S., and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S., and the government of France (ICRI Co-Secretariat). The workshop was chaired by Ricardo Gomez Lozano, director, Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park.

2010-09-15 04:30

The Governments of France and Samoa, as co-hosts of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat, organized tge 25th ICRI General Meeting in Apia, Samoa from the 8th to the 12th of November 2010. An executive summary and the documents adopted during the meeting are now available.

Remarks and opening by the Honorable Faumuina Liuga, Minister of Natural Resources and EnvironmentRemarks and opening by the Honorable Faumuina Liuga, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment


2010-09-13 14:24

The NOAA Coral Reef Watch (CRW) satellite coral bleaching monitoring shows sea surface temperatures (SSTs) continue to remain above average throughout the wider Caribbean region. Large areas of the southeastern Caribbean Sea are experiencing thermal stress capable of causing coral bleaching. The western Gulf of Mexico and the southern portion of the Bahamas have also experienced significant bleaching thermal stress.

2010-09-10 06:46

Preserving Reef Connectivity: A Handbook for Marine Protected Area Managers aims to help managers of coastal areas, in particular those of coastal marine protected areas (MPAs), understand and apply the concept of connectivity in their work. Connectivity issues relate to the movement in marine environments of water – and with it sediments, nutrients and pollutants – and of marine organisms. This makes it an important element to consider when contemplating the effective design of MPAs and MPA networks and most other aspects of coastal management.

2010-08-25 14:58

The Reefs at Risk Revisited project continues to move forward and we are scheduled to launch the report in early 2011. Over the past few months, the team has completed the modeling of threats to coral reefs and has focused on writing and revising the report text. For those who are new to the list, we are sending out these updates to share our progress on the Reefs at Risk Revisited project with our partners and interested parties. This sixth progress report will take you through the past few months of the project and our upcoming plans for next quarter.

2010-08-25 02:22

For the first time since 1998, mass coral bleaching is affecting coral reefs across a wide area of Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean. Bleaching has been reported in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Maldives, and parts of east Africa. Coral bleaching is caused by increasing sea temperatures associated with global warming.

2010-08-10 04:54

Nations, organizations, and individuals around the world have joined the International Year of the Reef 2008 (IYOR 2008)-from international to national, from university to village children, and every level in between-to raise awareness about the value and importance of coral reefs and threats to their sustainability and to motivate people to take action to protect them. A tremendous amount of material (in several languages) was produced during the year, including educational DVDs, posters, children's books, and much more. More than 630 events were organized in over 65 countries, territories, and economies around the world.

2010-07-30 09:18

SIOBMPA Management BoardHillsborough, Carriacou - As part of an effort to preserve Carriacou’s stunning natural environment, the Sandy Island/ Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area (SIOBMPA) will be launched on Saturday July 31st, 2010 at 6:30PM. The SIOBMPA comprises an area of 787 hectares on the southwest coast of Carriacou. It is considered to be one of the most important marine ecosystems in the region and a culturally significant area for the people of Carriacou.

2010-07-28 07:16

Since June 25, 2010, ICRI has a new co-chair: Ambassador Jean-Pierre Thébault, French Ambassador for the Environment (since Ambassador Stefanini has moved to another position).

Ambassador Thébault is familiar with ICRI, since he was the diplomatic Counsellor to the Minister for Regional Development and Environment while France was chairing ICRI in 1999.

2010-07-08 06:37

June 20, 2010 (© AFP). An oil spill off the Egyptian Red Sea coast of Hurghada, threatening to damage marine life in the area, has prompted environmental agencies to demand tighter regulation of offshore oil platform.

2010-07-05 06:05

This working paper looks at the benefits that coastal ecosystems provide to the Dominican Republic. The studies highlight the contribution of coastal ecosystems to the economy and the need for greater investment in protecting coastal and marine ecosystems, including better management of marine fisheries, protection of existing reserves, and enforcement of coastal development guidelines.

2010-07-02 05:32

The Oceans Day at Nagoya—the first-ever Oceans Day at a CBD Conference of the Parties-- held on October 23, 2010, during the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP 10, October 18-29, 2010) in Nagoya, Japan, brought together more than 150 participants from 35 countries representing all sectors of the global oceans community--governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and the scientific community--to emphasize the importance of marine and coastal biodiversity as a common concern of humankind and essential for preserving life on Earth.

2010-06-08 06:10

Gland, Switzerland, and Bonn, Germany, 8 June, 2010 – (IUCN) Climate change is hitting coastal areas hard: rises in sea levels, ocean acidification, extreme events, bleaching and death of coral are all climate impacts which will require adjustments socially and economically. A new IUCN report, published today, provides practical guidance for coastal communities and industries to adapt to climate change.

By 2015 half of the world's population will be living within 100 km of the coast.

2010-05-31 09:06

Global Biodiversity Outlook 3 CoverGLOBAL BIODIVERSITY OUTLOOK 3 Natural systems that support economies, lives and livelihoods across the planet are at risk of rapid degradation and collapse, unless there is swift, radical and creative action to conserve and sustainably use the variety of life on Earth.

That is a principal conclusion of a major new assessment of the current state of biodiversity and the implications of its continued loss for human well-being.

2010-05-26 04:40

As a result of a United Nations General Assembly resolution passed in December 2008, World Oceans Day is now officially recognized by the UN as June 8th each year.

2010-04-29 08:19

A new report spearheaded by the CARIBSAVE project under UNDP funding highlights the impacts of climate change on Caribbean nations and natural resources. In particular, the report highlights the difference in the impacts at the 2.0°C increase being pushed by many UN negotiators vs. the 1.5°C increase promoted by the Alliance of Small Island States. The report focuses on: the implications of ice sheet melt for global sea level rise (SLR); the projections and implications of SLR for the Caribbean region; evaluation of the differential impacts of +1.5° and +2°C on coral reefs, water resources and agriculture in the Caribbean, with additional analysis for the Pacific islands.

2010-04-28 10:50

The 6th ICRI East Asia Regional Workshop will be co-hosted by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR), Thailand and the Ministry of the Environment (MoE), Japan in collaboration with the ICRI Secretariat. This will be the final ICRI regional workshop to be held as part of the three years program focusing on MPA networks and East Asia region since 2008, and it is expected that the "ICRI East Asia Regional Strategy on MPA Networks" as well as several other ongoing associated activities will be finalized and/or to be reviewed for finalization.

2010-04-09 09:09

The following update is valid at 17 May 2010 (information provided by John Baldwin, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority):

Following a successful refloat on 12 April, the Shen Neng 1 was towed to calmer waters nearer the Queensland coast for damage and stability assessments. It was determined that the vessel would need to have its cargo removed prior to being towed overseas for repair. Operating on technical and environmental advice, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) authorised for the vessel to be towed into the lee of Fraser Island approximately 250 km to the south.

2010-04-09 09:05

Gland, Switzerland/Washington, USA, 9 April 2010 - More than one in six mangrove species worldwide are in danger of extinction due to coastal development and other factors, including climate change, logging and agriculture, according to the first-ever global assessment on the conservation status of mangroves for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.


As a result, 11 out of 70 mangrove species (16 percent) which were assessed will be placed on the IUCN Red List. The Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Central America, where as many as 40 percent of mangrove species are considered threatened, are particularly affected.

2010-04-02 10:14

Ctenella endemic brain coral, (c) Anne and Charles Sheppard
April 1st 2010 - Foreign Secretary David Miliband today announced the creation of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the British Indian Ocean Territory. This will include a “no-take” marine reserve where commercial fishing will be banned. The British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) consists of 55 tiny islands which sit in a quarter of a million square miles of the world’s cleanest seas.

Announcing the creation of this MPA, David Miliband said:

2010-03-31 12:05

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 will evaluate climate-related threats. WRI is leading the project in collaboration with over 25 partner organizations.

2010-03-12 06:52

The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with NOAA and with support from MacArthur Foundation, is offering a new virtual training program on Reef Resilience to provide coral reef managers, trainers, and policymakers guidance on building resilience to climate change into the design of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and daily management activities.

2009-11-20 14:23

Established in 2000, the ICRIForum was designed to streamline the delivery of information to ICRI Members and the general public regarding both the actions of the International Coral Reef Initiative and global coral reef conservation efforts more generally.  Over the years the Forum has grown exponentially, both in audience and as an information source.  This has at times made the site difficult to manage and navigate.