Ad hoc committee on developing a recommendation for a post-2020 coral reef target

Background

The ad hoc committee was established by ICRI at the 33rd ICRI General Meeting, December 2018, to follow the Convention on Biological Diversity post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework development process and to contribute on matters relating to the critical status of coral reefs and how these can be sufficiently addressed within the post-2020 framework.

One of the key objectives of this group was to develop a Recommendation from ICRI on the inclusion of coral reefs in the GBF. This was adopted in May 2020. The process for negotiating the new global framework has been delayed by the on going situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. With the continued support of ICRI members, including financial support from Vulcan, the ad hoc Committee has continued to develop and contribute to the process.

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 the inclusion of a coral reef-related target in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

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

  1. Coordinate ICRI’s contribution to the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework; and
  2. Develop and implement a communications strategy to promote the ICRI Recommendation at important international meetings and events in preparation for and including the 15th COP of the CBD.

ICRI resolutions relating to the ad hoc committee

Composition

Co-Chairs: ICRI Secretariat, Monaco, and Vulcan Inc
Membership: Australia, France, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Maldives, New Caledonia, Seychelles, UK, USA, CORDIO, ICRS, IUCN, Reef-World Foundation, SPREP, UN Environment, UNEP-WCMC, Vulcan Inc., Wildlife Conservation Society, World Resources Institute, WWF International.

The work of the ad hoc committee is facilitated by a consultant, Emily Corcoran, thanks to financial support provided by Vulcan Inc.

Working procedure

The ad hoc committee works virtually and takes advantage of any opportunities for face-to-face meetings on the sidelines of other meetings.

Coral Post-2020 hub

coralpost2020.org and the social media hashtag #ForCoral were established in May 2020. The hub provides access to all of the  outputs of the ad hoc Committee, including links to the Recommendation (including translations); an FAQ; communication resources (translated); articles and Negotiation/ policy support tools.

Submissions to the CBD Secretariat

Other Outputs

About the post-2020 process

In 2020 the Convention on Biological Diversity will adopt a post-2020 global biodiversity framework as a stepping stone towards the 2050 Vision of “Living in harmony with nature”. In its decision 14/34 the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted a comprehensive and participatory process for the preparation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

All updates, meetings and documentation relating to the Post-2020 process are shared here.

Other useful links/ material to support the Committee

Visit the Post 2020 page

The work of the ad hoc committee is supported by Vulcan Inc.