Voices of Support-full quotes

Warren Baverstock

Sometimes there is more to be said than can be accommodated by Twitter.. for that reason we wanted to publish the full quotes provided by those who have spoken out #ForCoral here:

Peter Thomson, UNSG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean

IPCC has informed us. We lose coral reefs at 2˚C global warming. Without coral reefs, how can we have a healthy Ocean? Without a healthy Ocean, how can we have a healthy planetary ecosystem? Human security requires us to get to net-zero carbon by 2050, stay below 1.5˚C warming, and to ensure everyone understands that anthropogenic Greenhouse gases are our common enemy.

Zac Goldsmith, The UK International Environment Minister

Protection of our ocean is a global challenge requiring global action. Coral reefs remain vital to this effort, as they support over a quarter of all life in the ocean, and are facing unprecedented threats.

The UK Government is leading the way with our ‘Blue Belt’ of protected waters, and as guardians of both cold and warm water coral reefs, The UK will continue to champion efforts to support our most vulnerable ecosystems, including through the CBD Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

Helen Ågren, Ambassador for the Ocean at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Coral reefs are some of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on this planet but also very vulnerable to the effects of climate change. We have already lost 50 percent of the coral reefs globally. To save what is left we [must halt climate change] and protect these beautiful and life supporting ecosystems. The world will be a lot poorer without them.

H.E. Edhy Prabowo, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Republic of Indonesia

The Framework will set the shared objectives and priorities for biodiversity over the next decade to ensure the realization of CBD’s vision – that society is living in harmony with nature by 2050. The Framework goals, targets and indicators make it clear how actions to address coral reef decline contribute to this vision.

Thierry Santa, President of the Government of New Caledonia

Coral reefs are an invaluable heritage to pass on to future generations. As breeding, feeding and resting locations for numerous marine species, they play a fundamental role for ecosystems and represent an invaluable potential in terms of valorization. The Government of New Caledonia is fully conscious of its responsibility towards 30% of the planet’s remaining pristine reefs, still unaffected by human activity.  The Natural Park of the Coral Sea was created in 2014 and the 28 000 km2 of reefs and associated lagoons were placed under a high level of protection in 2018.

Héritage inestimable à transmettre aux générations futures, les récifs coralliens sont de véritables hotspots de biodiversité. Lieu de refuge, de nourrissage et de reproduction pour de nombreuses espèces marines, ils jouent un rôle fondamental pour les écosystèmes, et recèlent un potentiel de valorisation inestimable. Le gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Calédonie a pleinement conscience [ du caractère exceptionnel de ces milieux particulièrement vulnérables, et ] de sa responsabilité à l’égard des 30% des derniers récifs sauvages de la planète, encore préservés de tout impact humain. Le parc naturel de la mer de Corail a été créé en 2014. et les 28 000 km2 de récifs et lagons associés ont déjà été placés sous haute protection en 2018.

Umiich Sengebau, Minister of Nature Resources, Environment and Tourism

As a country that literally lives and breathes by virtue of our coral reefs, we understand the need to prioritize and safeguard this fragile ecosystem. It is not enough to just have indicators. Unless they’re being used as part of the strategy to change and implement policies, it’s just paper and coral reefs could slip further into the abyss.

Alain de Comarmond, Principal Secretary, Environment Department, Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Republic of Seychelles

The Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 confirms that coral reefs have ‘shown the most rapid increase in extinction of all assessed groups’ due to climate change and other human pressures. This underlines the urgency to prioritise coral reefs in the new Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

Abdulla Naseer, PhD, Minister of State of Environment, Maldives

Maldives can be categorized as a biodiversity-dependent nation. We need to focus on coral reef conservation and management for the sustenance of agriculture, fisheries and tourism industries in the Maldives. Our solutions and Our future depend on coral reefs.

David Obura, CORDIO East Africa

Sustainable use of coral reef resources is a cornerstone for the wellbeing and prosperity of millions of people from tropical countries and SIDS. Healthy reefs provide myriad services that feed, shelter, educate, transport, clothe and keep people healthy, and reef lore inspires the cultures and traditions of coastal communities that depend on them. ICRI’s call to the CBD Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework is to save and nurture this wealth, and recognise the flagship role coral reefs have in inspiring and measuring, our sustainable future.

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco

Please draw your attention to the worrying status of the coral reefs, which must be the subject of special treatment, given their urgent situation.

The  Recommendation put forward by the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), which Monaco co-chairs recognizes their importance in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s  Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Join me in supporting coral reefs.

Torii Toshio, Director-General, Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan

Coral reefs ecosystems are rich in biodiversity. They bring about nature’s contributions to people, including a great deal of blessings. Unfortunately, the Aichi Biodiversity Target related to coral reef conservation has not been achieved, and the IPBES Global Assessment Report points out their degradation. We must support the conservation of coral reef ecosystems under the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

Zaha Waheed, Minister of Fisheries, Marine Resources, and Agriculture, Maldives

Coral reefs are widely known to be an essential pillar of our existence; one of the very reasons contributing to the prestige Maldives enjoys internationally. However, an increase in the frequency and the magnitude of climate change associated impacts, such as mass bleaching, and ocean acidification, threatens this same system which is also the backbone of our economy. It is crucial to come together to find global solutions to save the interconnected coral reefs, of the Maldives and the world.