2012-03-13 13:16

The need for ICRI to better utilise social media has been discussed at recent ICRI General Meetings. This is consistent with the current Secretariat's hosting objective: "to explore new social media technologies for promoting the ICRI message." We have been working hard in the last couple of months to make this happen, and we are happy to announce that ICRI now has a Facebook page (social networking site) as well as its existing Twitter page (microblogging site).

Please check them out and either 'Like' (Facebook) or 'Follow' (Twitter) us!

2012-02-24 09:42

Singapore, February 24, 2012— A powerful coalition of governments, international organizations, civil society groups and private interests are joining together under the banner of a Global Partnership for Oceans to confront widely documented problems of over-fishing, marine degradation, and habitat loss.

2012-02-24 05:26

Gland, Switzerland, 23 February, 2012 (IUCN) —Twelve percent of marine species surveyed in the Gulf of California, the coasts of Panama and Costa Rica and the five offshore oceanic islands and archipelagos in the tropical eastern Pacific are threatened with extinction, according to a study by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and its partners. Main threats to the region’s marine flora and fauna include over-fishing, habitat loss and increasing impacts from the El Nino Southern Oscillation.

2012-02-15 01:46

The first-ever Eco-Audit of the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) countries finds that despite some positive management efforts, more needs to be done to protect the region’s coral reefs. The evaluation, entitled “2011 Eco-Audit of the Mesoamerican Reef Countries,” was carried out by the Healthy Reefs Initiative (HRI), in collaboration with the World Resources Institute (WRI), and nearly 40 local organizations, government agencies and companies. The results are being launched simultaneously in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

2012-02-10 05:49

The Governments of Australia and Belize, as co-hosts of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat, are pleased to announce that the first General Meeting under their stewardship will be held in Cairns, Australia on 16-19 July 2012. More information will be posted soon.

2012-01-28 13:12

A panel on Oceans held at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, was moderated by John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, addressed pressing challenges facing oceans in light of more than 1.5 billion people counting on fish for their daily protein source.

2012-01-28 13:06

The government of France has designated its two latest Wetlands of International Importance, bringing that Party’s total Ramsar Sites to 38, covering 3,289,306 hectares. As summarized from the Ramsar Information Sheets by Ramsar’s Kati Wenzel, La Vasière des Badamiers (Île de Mayotte – océan indien) (115 hectares, 12°47’S 045°16’E), on the Indian Ocean island of Mayotte, consists of a mud flat area partially covered by mangroves. Sea grass beds and different species of algae play a key role in maintaining the ecological character of this highly productive and diverse ecosystem, which is used as a refuge as well as a breeding, feeding and wintering site by many bird species, especially waders, but also by fish and turtles such as the Green Sea Turtle.

2012-01-27 04:37

An inter-agency report, titled "Green Economy in a Blue World," concludes that the ecological health and economic productivity of marine and coastal ecosystems can be enhanced from well-managed marine sectors. The synthesis report analyzes how key sectors that are interlinked with the marine and coastal environment can make the transition towards a green economy and identifies recommendations across six marine-based economic sectors.

2012-01-25 15:16

Tobago's coral reefs have been threatened significantly by numerous factors both anthropogenic and natural. The reefs in Speyside, however, showed little susceptibility to the natural environmental threats that have persisted over the years, namely, bleaching, eutrophication and sedimentation. It was for this reason that it was described as versatile and resilient by the Buccoo Reef Trust and consequently became the target for a properly managed and protected, marine park.

2012-01-20 04:14

The Rio+20 Secretariat has released the zero draft of the outcome document for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), to be held in Rio de Janeiro on 20-22 June, 2012. In the section on [Oceans and Seas, SIDS], the following paragraph is referring to ICRI and coral reefs:

2012-01-10 09:39

Rare, in partnership with National Geographic, announced the grand-prize winner and runners-up of "Solution Search: Turning the Tide for Coastal Fisheries." Through online voting at www.solutionsearch.org, the public voted for their top three solutions. The Wildlife Conservation Society won the grand prize with its solution, "Bycatch Escape Gaps for Fish Traps" in Curaçao and Kenya. It received a U.S. $20,000 prize to support its conservation and resource management initiative. The two runners-up, Off the Hook Community Supported Fishery and the Misool Baseftin Foundation, each received prizes of U.S. $5,000 for their respective solutions, "Fresh. Fair. Fish." in Canada and "Defending the Heart of Marine Biodiversity: Community Stewardship of Raja Ampat's Reefs" in Raja Ampat.

2012-01-06 10:43

The Coral Triangle Atlas (CT Atlas) is an online GIS database, providing governments, NGOs and researchers with a view of spatial data at the regional scale of Coral Triangle region.

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 16:32

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.

2011-11-02 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.

2011-11-01 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.