Reef restoration ad hoc committee

Background

The ad hoc committee on reef restoration was established by ICRI at the 33rd ICRI General Meeting, December 2018, in response to disturbances affecting coral reefs, in particular, thermal stress-induced global mass coral bleaching events and the current climate forecasts predicting that sea temperatures will exceed the thermal tolerances of corals.

At the last two General Meeting meetings (December 2019 and February 2021), ICRI members agreed on extending the mandate of the ICRI ad hoc committee on reef restoration.

The updated objectives of the ad hoc committee for 2021 are to:

  1. Provide a coordinating mechanism for international collaboration on coral reef restoration research and development.
  2. Advocate for the use of best practice restoration techniques and highlight examples of relevant policy and legislation as part of a broader strategy that involves traditional management and reducing carbon emissions in order to maintain coral reef function, structure and resilience.
  3. Facilitate the transfer of new knowledge of restoration techniques to managers and restoration practitioners.

ICRI resolutions relating to the ad hoc committee

Composition

Co-Chairs: Ian McLeod, David Souter

Membership: Australia, France, Great Barrier Reef Foundation, ICRI Secretariat, Indonesia, International Coral Reef Society (ICRS), Monaco/CSM, Reef-World Foundation, SPREP, UNEP-WCMC, UNEP, USA.

Working procedures

The ad hoc committee will conduct its work via email, telephone, video conference and, when necessary, internet-based services.

Other Outputs

Australia completed the first phase of the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP), which evaluated the feasibility of an array of potential interventions and delivery methods to assist the Great Barrier Reef to recover from major disturbances and adapt to a changing climate. The recommendations arising from the RRAP can help coral reefs worldwide. In parallel, the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) conducted a review on ‘Interventions to Increase the Resilience of Coral Reefs’.

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