Supporting materials and articles

Warren Baverstock

A number of supporting materials have been produced to accompany the ICRI Recommendation. Please check back regularly as new resources will be developed and translated in the period up to COP15 in May 2021.

Supporting materials and articles

An Open Letter to the IUCN membership on coral reefs and food security in the context of the CBD Global Biodiversity Framework negotiations by Jean Weiner, FoProBiM’s Executive Director [web link]

Towards Post-2020 Mobilisation of #27 – Coral Reefs: A Vulnerable Ecosystem Critical to Living in Harmony with Nature [pdf] [teaser video]

Gaining Momentum in the Mission to Safeguard the World’s Coral Reefs

Five A’s of the Coral Reef Indicators

The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI – CFF) released their October-December 2020 newsletter in which they included an article entitled “CTI-CFF attends the virtual discussion on “Coral Reefs and the CBD post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework”

An article, written by ICRI Coordinator Francis Staub, entitled “How the world is coming together to save coral reefs” was shared on the World Economic Forum website.

The Reef-World Foundation shared a blog post “A global challenge requiring global action” which draws together the views and voices of experts from around the world.

WWF’s Coral Reef Rescue Initiative shared a blog post “Achieving high ambitions from down below” about the need to include ecosystem-specific indicators in the CBD Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

Article in Reef Encounter (Volume 35, No. 1 July 2020, Number 48) – Coral reefs and the CBD Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

A WCS Op-Ed entitled We Can Save Earth’s Coral Reefs- Members of the International Coral Reef Initiative have agreed on the steps we must take. Now governments have to act which details the work done by ICRI members for the inclusion of coral reefs in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework was published in Scientific American.

WCS have developed a 2-pager on corals in the post-2020 framework, which is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Indonesian, Portuguese and Spanish. These materials are available at

The Press Release (PDF), released on International Biodiversity Day, announcing the delivery of the Recommendation to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to be incorporated into the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (Framework). The Summary of the ICRI Recommendation (PDF) which is now available in EnglishFrenchSpanish.

Two infographics, one that illustrates the value of coral reefs globally and one that describes the recommended indicators:

English versions

Spanish versions translated by ReefBites

Portuguese versions translated by WCS Mozambique

Persian versions translated by QRRP

French versions translated by WCS France

Indonesian versions translated by WCS Indonesia

Please note we are looking to translate the infographics into additional languages, if you are able to assist please contact Tom.

A one-minute video that depicts the value of corals and a call to action in supporting the Recommendation


Archived material

2020 | WCS has produced a document in support of the ICRI recommendation “Recommendation: setting shared goals and targets for coral reefs“, available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Indonesian, Portuguese and Spanish.

This work was done with the support of Vulcan Inc.