ICRI News

2017-03-20 14:42

The Government of France convened a High-Level Meeting of Ministers from the Wider Caribbean Region in recognition of global commitments (Sustainable Development Goal 14 on Oceans, Sustainable Development Goal 6 on Water and Sanitation, Improving Oceans Management and Reducing Pollution as part of the UN Environment #CleanSeas Campaign). This meeting, the first of its kind to be held in association with the Conference of Contracting Parties, helped gain additional political support for ratification and implementation of the Cartagena Convention and its Protocols, and adopted the Cayenne Statement (below):

We, the representatives of the Governments of the wider Caribbean region,

2017-02-07 13:21

2 February 2017: In briefings for Member States and civil society, the co-facilitators and co-hosts of the UN Ocean Conference emphasized the potential contributions of Sustainable Development Goal 14 to the overall 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and called for a focus on solutions, actions and concrete recommendations.

2017-01-26 07:33

Antananarivo, Madagascar - A groundbreaking new report finds the ocean assets of the Western Indian Ocean region are valued conservatively at US$333.8 billion but foreshadows significant challenges for the region’s ocean-based economies and food supplies in the absence of stronger conservation actions.

Reviving the Western Indian Ocean Economy: Actions for a Sustainable Future is the result of an in-depth, joint assessment by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), CORDIO East Africa and WWF. It combines a new economic analysis of the region’s ocean assets with a review of their contribution to human development.

2017-01-26 05:04

19 January 2017: The UN released a background note of the Secretary-General for the preparatory process of the upcoming UN Oceans Conference, which aims to support implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 (Life below water). The Note proposes themes for the seven partnership dialogues that will take place as part of the Conference.

Governments will consider the proposed themes at a Conference preparatory meeting taking place from 15-16 February 2017, in New York, US.

2017-01-18 04:26

5 January 2017: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) launched the Ocean Action Hub, which will host dialogues on ocean issues, facilitate the sharing of commitments, solutions and ideas by stakeholders and bring together stakeholders to assess opportunities and challenges related to achieving SDG 14 (Life Below Water).

With regard to research, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP or UN Environment) and partners released findings that underscore the importance of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to minimize annual coral bleaching events. UN Environment also announced a collaboration on oceans with the EU, and highlighted dugong and seagrass conservation efforts in concert with the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

2017-01-16 13:05

This scientific workshop constitutes a key activity towards preparation of a regional GCRMN coral reef status report. The overall objectives of the process are to create a comprehensive inventory of reef data in the region and improve access to such data; to identify key drivers of reef change and provide actionable management and policy recommendations as well as recommendations for future monitoring; and to revitalize the regional GCRMN network and strengthen regular reporting.

2017-01-06 05:28

5 January 2017 - New climate model projections of the world's coral reefs reveal which reefs will be hit first by annual coral bleaching, an event that poses the gravest threat to one of the Earth's most important ecosystems.

These high-resolution projections, based on global climate models, predict when and where annual coral bleaching will occur. The projections show that reefs in Taiwan and around the Turks and Caicos archipelago will be among the world's first to experience annual bleaching.

Other reefs, like those off the coast of Bahrain, in Chile and in French Polynesia, will be hit decades later, according to research recently published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports.

2016-11-16 06:39

On Tuesday, November 16th, 2016, Ségolène Royal, President of COP21 and Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia held a ministerial event on coral reefs at the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The following statement was issued:

2016-10-25 04:15

On the evening of the 29th September 2016 Hurricane Matthew passed north of Bonaire by approximately 240km, with maximum sustained wind speeds over 120km/h. After passing Aruba as a category 2 hurricane, the path of Matthew slowed its forward progress and turned north-northeast. Heavy storm surge generated by Matthew continued to strike the coastline and on the 4th-5th of October, a resurgence of waves ranging from 1.4-1.7 m height pounded the northern and western (leeward) shores of Bonaire and Klein Bonaire. After the waves subsided, STINAPA immediately sent survey forms to dive operators requesting information on reef conditions and offered assistance in removing large debris.

2016-10-13 12:54

A Resolution 2/12 on sustainable coral reefs management (EA/2/12) was adopted at the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in May 2016. The resolution, inter alia, calls for initiatives, cooperation and commitments to conserve and sustainably manage coral reefs, including cold-water coral ecosystems and mangroves; recognizes that education, capacity building and knowledge transfer is crucial; and encourages integrated, ecosystem-based and comprehensive approaches including partnerships with industry, as well as establishment of MPAs and other spatial and relevant sectoral approaches to enhance climate change resilience.

2016-09-13 03:41

Participants at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) adopted the Hawai'i Commitments, titled ‘Navigating Island Earth,' which outline opportunities to address conservation challenges, including maintaining the health of the world's oceans, tackling wildlife trafficking, addressing species loss and ecosystem declines, building resilience to climate change, and sustaining world food supplies.

2016-08-29 11:17

New rules are based on more than a decade of collaborative fisheries research carried out by the Grouper Moon Project, a conservation research program initiated by Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) in collaboration with the Cayman Islands Department of Environment.

On 15 August, 2016, the Cayman Islands government enacted a comprehensive set of regulations aimed at recovering Nassau Grouper, an endangered Caribbean reef fish.

 

2016-07-19 07:11

Throughout the duration of the Pacific expedition, Tara will be a partner of the International Coral Reef Initiative, an opportunity to share observations and scientific objectives.

The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) aims to bring together governments, scientific institutions, non-governmental and international organizations to improve good management practices and share our knowledge about the world’s coral reefs. The collaboration between the Tara Expeditions Foundation and ICRI will expand the visibility, research impact, and data from the scientific team, and bolster the awareness of elected officials and Pacific island populations.

2016-07-07 13:51

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation launched an exciting new educational resource. The Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum is a comprehensive digital resource freely available online. It includes award-winning videos, custom-built interactive exercises, games, quizzes, and lesson plans for teachers — all aligned to the latest education standards (Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards, and Ocean Literacy Principles). The Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum can be found online at: www.lof.org/CoralReefCurriculum.

2016-06-16 02:17

In 2017-2020, a programme is proposed under ICRI to strengthen the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN). The process will implement standards developed under the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and GEOBON’s Working Group 5 on Oceans. These focus on selecting key variables, improving standards for measuring and aggregating them, and reporting them (making them available) to relevant end-users in management and policy circles.

2016-06-06 03:46

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a data-based tool and a report that support the protection of coral reefs threatened by climate change, and prioritize reef management. Both were launched at the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 May 2016.

2016-05-19 10:00

In line with the International Coral Reef Initiative and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network guiding principles, the GCRMN in the Caribbean region has been growing as a renewed and dynamic network of coral reef experts sharing the goal of improving information on the status of coral reefs of the Caribbean. The GCRMN-Caribbean mission is to revitalize and strengthen coral reef monitoring to ensure the collection of useful, comparable and accessible data that can effectively reveal the status and trends of the coral reefs in the region, for regular, robust and strategic reporting to influence coastal management decision-making at the regional level.

2016-05-05 08:33

The future of coral reefs is determined by choices made now. Adoption of the 2030 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals provides an opportunity to change the course for coral reefs and dependent people. By providing a holistic and comprehensive programme that cuts across the three dimensions of sustainable development, and by committing all countries to delivering all the Goals, the barriers to sustainable coral reef management have been lowered. However, two thirds of coral reefs in the world are under immediate and direct threat from human activities, and all reefs are increasingly threatened by climate change.

2016-04-15 12:09

Rising sea level, the increasing occurrence of extreme weather conditions, increasing air and water temperatures and acidification of the oceans will all have a major impact on coral formations and their marine ecosystems including a direct effect on the biology of the most sensitive species. They will also have an indirect impact on both individual structures and collective infrastructure located along the coast. Some structures risk deterioration and pollutants will increase in coral reefs and in their marine ecosystems).

2016-02-02 05:34

The UN has published the First Global Integrated Marine Assessment, also known as the 'First World Ocean Assessment.' The assessment is expected to provide a scientific basis for consideration of ocean issues, including Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development).

2016-01-18 05:42

The Western Indian Ocean is in the process of compiling its regional report for the GCRMN, following in the footsteps of the Caribbean. This is to call for all contributions of monitoring data that you may have, to contribute to this reporting effort. Countries covered by this region include: Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, France (Reunion and overseas territories), Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa & Tanzania. The principal work is supported by the Indian Ocean Commission’s ‘Biodiversity Project’, and is being undertaken with the Coral Reef Task Force of the Nairobi Convention (the UNEP Regional Seas convention for the region).

2015-12-28 12:11

Recognizing the importance of engaging sectors and stakeholders throughout a watershed in order for coral reef conservation and management to be effective, a resolution on promoting an integrated approach to community-based coral reef conservation and management emphasizing land-sea connectivity was adopted at the 29th ICRI General Meeting in Okinawa. In this resolution, it was noted that model case studies would be compiled and shared at the 30th General Meeting, and that the final output would be published on the ICRI official website and through various media.

2015-12-09 11:50

Participants at the Paris Climate Change Conference Oceans Day urged that climate change and oceans be addressed as a "single agenda." They recommended ways to advance this agenda both within and outside the UNFCCC and welcomed actions through Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 13 and 14, on climate and oceans, respectively.

2015-11-28 11:19

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released a report, titled ‘Priority Actions to Achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target 10 for Coral Reefs and Closely Associated Ecosystems.' By 2015, Aichi Target 10 aims to minimize anthropogenic pressures on coral reefs and other vulnerable ecosystems impacted by climate change or ocean acidification, to maintain their integrity and function.

2015-10-26 07:07

Coral reef scientists have concluded that the greenhouse gas emission reduction pledges submitted to date by the international community for consideration at the upcoming Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention (COP21), to be held at the end of next month in Paris, fall well short of what is required to avoid this biodiversity catastrophe.