21st ICRI General Meeting

Washington DC
Tue, 2008-01-22 - Fri, 2008-01-25

Minutes, Summary of Resolutions, Decisions

The first general meeting of the Mexico-United States ICRI Secretariat and the official international launch of the International Year of the Reef (IYOR 2008) was held from the 22nd - 25th January, 2008 in Washington DC. The meeting was co-chaired by Robert Cudney, Mexico and Stephanie Caswell, United States.

A particular note of thanks was made to Minister Estrosi, Secretary of State in charge of French Overseas Territories, for addressing the meeting. The participation of Ambassador Kyota of Palau was also recognised.

  • Decisions

    The meeting agreed:

    • To adopt the Action Plan for the period 2007-09

    • That the ICRI Secretariat will take forward the planning of the ICRI Regional Workshop on Sustainable Tourism in the Caribbean, drawing on the outcomes of the breakout session at this meeting and in a consultative manner.

    • That the ICRI Secretariat consider the question of the relationship of ICRI to its Operational Networks, drawing together information on the Terms of Reference and operations of the operational networks, making recommendations to the next ICRI GM in July 2008.

  • Ad Hoc Committees

    The work of two ad hoc Committees will continue to report to the next ICRI GM in July 2008:

    • The Enforcement and natural resource investigations in coral reef and associated ecosystems ad hoc Committee (Lead: David Gulko); it is anticipated that the toolkit will be published for dissemination at ICRS 11, July 2008;

    • The International Year of the Reef (IYOR) ad hoc Committee (Lead: ICRI Secretariat).

    It was agreed that two new ad hoc Committees be formed, and should report to the next ICRI GM in July 2008:

    • "Economic Valuation of Coral Reef Ecosystems" (Lead: ICRI Secretariat and the World Resources Institute).

    • "4th ICRI East Asia Regional Workshop preparation" (Lead: Japan and the ICRI Secretariat).