UNCSD Secretariat Releases Inputs

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

  • 67. Recognize the significant economic, social and environmental contribution of coral reefs to island and coastal States, including by promoting regional cooperation on the model of the coral Triangle Initiative (CTI), and encouraging the International coral Reef Initiative (ICRI).
  • 70. Coral reefs are essential to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and several coastal countries. They provide direct economic benefits (fisheries, tourism, biodiversity), contribute to natural-disaster protection, sustainable coastal management, and are a rich and unique ecosystem, directly threatened by climate change, with high social and cultural value. Regional cooperation on the basis of the Regional Seas Convention is the relevant level for promoting best governance and mobilizing resources and commitments by State and non-State actors as shown by CTI. Created in 1994, ICRI is recognized (UNGA 2010 resolution on coral reefs) as the leading international initiative on coral reefs advocacy, uniting both developed and developing countries which are co-chairing it.

The other submissions are from:

  • Pacific Small Island Developing States
  • Australia
  • United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea
  • European Union and its Member States
  • Oceana - Protecting the World's Oceans
  • Asian Development Bank
  • Seas At Risk
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  • Committee for Nature Conservation Polish Academy of Sciences
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • A Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability (IOC/UNESCO, FAO, IMO, UNDP)
  • Japan
  • Deep Sea Conservation Coalition
  • Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
  • International Centre of Comparative Environmental Law (C.I.D.C.E.)
  • Monaco
  • Marine Conservation Institute
  • Business and Industry
  • Coastal Zones: 21st Century Challenges
  • Sustainable World Initiative
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Asian and Pacific Region
  • World Bank
  • Sri Lanka
  • Japan Civil Network for the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity
  • Institut Veolia Environnement
  • Marine Sciences For Society
  • Iceland Nature Conservation Association
  • Grenada
  • Non Timber Forest Product-Exchange Programme
  • Greenpeace