2009-09-07 13:21

Coral is a comprehensive examination of this astonishing organism, exploring its place in the natural world and in the realm of culture, and considering what is being done to protect and preserve it. We consider forces threatening reefs, and efforts of scientists, governments, and nongovernmental organizations to protect and restore them. We address laws and treaties formulated to govern trade in coral. We examine coral in history, its evolving associations, and its place in the wunderkammer, and explore its changing role and use in jewelry, art, and fashion.

2009-07-24 08:59

NOAA: Coral Bleaching Likely in Caribbean
Similar conditions may develop in Gulf of Mexico and Central Pacific

For immediate Release (July 22, 2009) - Scientists from NOAA's Coral Reef Watch Program say conditions are favorable for significant coral bleaching and infectious coral disease outbreaks in the Caribbean, especially in the Lesser Antilles. The forecast is based on the July NOAA Coral Reef Watch outlook, which expects continued high water temperatures through October 2009.

2009-07-24 08:51
Seville, Spain, 26 June, 2009 (IUCN) - The Belize Barrier Reef System and Los Katios National Park in Columbia are the two natural sites added to the List of World Heritage in Danger, following the advice of IUCN.

Composed of seven protected areas, many small mangrove islands and coastal lagoons, the Belize Barrier Reef System is home to a number of threatened species, including marine turtles and the American crocodile.

A series of technical assessments and a joint IUCN/UNESCO monitoring mission to Belize in March 2009 revealed alarming developments such as extensive mangrove cutting and sale of mangrove islands.

2009-07-06 14:27

Ambassador Bili (right) at the hand-over ceremony, with Ernesto Enkerlin (Left)Ambassador Bili (right) at the hand-over ceremony, with Ernesto Enkerlin (left).

Beginning July 1st 2009 and until June 30, 2011, the International Coral Reef Intiatiave Secretariat will be co-chaired by the governments of France, assisted by Monaco, and Samoa.

France and Monaco, to do so, nominated respectively, the Ambassador for the Environment, Laurent Stefanini and Patrick Van Klaveren, Minister Counsellor.