ICRI News

2010-12-16 17:43

UN General Assembly (UNGA) Second Committee Adopts a Resolution on Coral Reefs

2010-12-15 05:55

The World Bank, together with IUCN and ESA PWA, announced the release of a brief for decision-makers entitled, "Capturing and Conserving Natural Coastal Carbon – Building mitigation, advancing adaptation." This information brief highlights the crucial importance of carbon sequestered in coastal wetlands and submerged vegetated habitats like seagrass beds for climate change mitigation.

Coastal wetlands, such as mangroves, tidal flats and salt marshes, along with seagrass beds sequester large amounts of carbon within their plants and especially in the soil. However, degradation of these habitats--as a result of drainage, conversion and reclamation--can result in substantial and ongoing emissions of greenhouse gases.

2010-12-08 09:29

29 November 2010 - This background paper, produced by IUCN in collaboration with ONERC, follows the proceedings of the IUCN conference "The European Union and its Overseas Entities: Strategies to Counter Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss", which took place on Reunion Island from 7 to 11 July 2008. The paper offers for the first time a comparative analysis of the 28 overseas entities of the European Union. It starts with a thematic analysis presenting the transversal threats on overseas entities in the face of climate change. Subsequent sections, specific for each of the 28 entities, provide some contextual data and an overview of their remarkable biodiversity, in addition to presenting the new threats resulting from climate change.

2010-12-08 04:15

Cancun/Nairobi/Plymouth, 2 December 2010 - The future impact of rising emissions on the health of seas and oceans may be far more wide-ranging and complex than was previously supposed, a new report released at the UN climate convention meeting in Mexico says.

The study, entitled the Environmental Consequences of Ocean Acidification, has brought together some of the latest scientific research on 'ocean acidification', a process triggered by increasing concentrations of dissolved C02 which is changing the sea's chemistry by lowering the pH of the marine environment.

2010-12-01 11:34

New research highlighting coastal locations where coral can better withstand rising sea temperatures, a leading cause of stress to coral reefs, may guide efforts to conserve the largest living structures on Earth.

2010-11-29 06:27

3 November 2010: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has relaunched the Global Coral Disease Database (GCDD), an online database for coral disease information, providing interactive maps and dynamic statistics of world-wide coral disease distribution.

2010-11-29 06:47

The CoReMo project (Coral Reef Monitoring) version 3, developed by ARVAM and funded under an agreement with Réunion Regional Council, the Ministry of Overseas France and the European Union; has been released.

2010-10-28 16:14

Climate, Carbon and Coral Reefs

26 October 2010 - The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have released a report titled "Climate, Carbon and Coral Reefs," outlining the threat to coral reefs caused by climate change and subsequent coral bleaching, as well as by ocean acidification.

2010-09-16 18:05

The Caribbean Regional Lionfish Workshop was held at the Radisson Hotel Hacienda in Cancun, Mexico from August 25 to 27. The workshop was organized and funded by the National Commission for Protected Areas (CONANP), Mexico, the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), U.S., and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S., and the government of France (ICRI Co-Secretariat). The workshop was chaired by Ricardo Gomez Lozano, director, Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park.

2010-09-15 04:30

The Governments of France and Samoa, as co-hosts of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat, organized tge 25th ICRI General Meeting in Apia, Samoa from the 8th to the 12th of November 2010. An executive summary and the documents adopted during the meeting are now available.

Remarks and opening by the Honorable Faumuina Liuga, Minister of Natural Resources and EnvironmentRemarks and opening by the Honorable Faumuina Liuga, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment

 

2010-09-13 14:24

The NOAA Coral Reef Watch (CRW) satellite coral bleaching monitoring shows sea surface temperatures (SSTs) continue to remain above average throughout the wider Caribbean region. Large areas of the southeastern Caribbean Sea are experiencing thermal stress capable of causing coral bleaching. The western Gulf of Mexico and the southern portion of the Bahamas have also experienced significant bleaching thermal stress.

2010-09-10 06:46

Preserving Reef Connectivity: A Handbook for Marine Protected Area Managers aims to help managers of coastal areas, in particular those of coastal marine protected areas (MPAs), understand and apply the concept of connectivity in their work. Connectivity issues relate to the movement in marine environments of water – and with it sediments, nutrients and pollutants – and of marine organisms. This makes it an important element to consider when contemplating the effective design of MPAs and MPA networks and most other aspects of coastal management.

2010-08-25 14:58

The Reefs at Risk Revisited project continues to move forward and we are scheduled to launch the report in early 2011. Over the past few months, the team has completed the modeling of threats to coral reefs and has focused on writing and revising the report text. For those who are new to the list, we are sending out these updates to share our progress on the Reefs at Risk Revisited project with our partners and interested parties. This sixth progress report will take you through the past few months of the project and our upcoming plans for next quarter.

2010-08-25 02:22

For the first time since 1998, mass coral bleaching is affecting coral reefs across a wide area of Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean. Bleaching has been reported in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Maldives, and parts of east Africa. Coral bleaching is caused by increasing sea temperatures associated with global warming.

2010-08-10 04:54

Nations, organizations, and individuals around the world have joined the International Year of the Reef 2008 (IYOR 2008)-from international to national, from university to village children, and every level in between-to raise awareness about the value and importance of coral reefs and threats to their sustainability and to motivate people to take action to protect them. A tremendous amount of material (in several languages) was produced during the year, including educational DVDs, posters, children's books, and much more. More than 630 events were organized in over 65 countries, territories, and economies around the world.

2010-07-30 09:18

SIOBMPA Management BoardHillsborough, Carriacou - As part of an effort to preserve Carriacou’s stunning natural environment, the Sandy Island/ Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area (SIOBMPA) will be launched on Saturday July 31st, 2010 at 6:30PM. The SIOBMPA comprises an area of 787 hectares on the southwest coast of Carriacou. It is considered to be one of the most important marine ecosystems in the region and a culturally significant area for the people of Carriacou.

2010-07-28 07:16

Since June 25, 2010, ICRI has a new co-chair: Ambassador Jean-Pierre Thébault, French Ambassador for the Environment (since Ambassador Stefanini has moved to another position).

Ambassador Thébault is familiar with ICRI, since he was the diplomatic Counsellor to the Minister for Regional Development and Environment while France was chairing ICRI in 1999.

2010-07-08 06:37

June 20, 2010 (© AFP). An oil spill off the Egyptian Red Sea coast of Hurghada, threatening to damage marine life in the area, has prompted environmental agencies to demand tighter regulation of offshore oil platform.

2010-07-05 06:05

This working paper looks at the benefits that coastal ecosystems provide to the Dominican Republic. The studies highlight the contribution of coastal ecosystems to the economy and the need for greater investment in protecting coastal and marine ecosystems, including better management of marine fisheries, protection of existing reserves, and enforcement of coastal development guidelines.

2010-07-02 05:32

The Oceans Day at Nagoya—the first-ever Oceans Day at a CBD Conference of the Parties-- held on October 23, 2010, during the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP 10, October 18-29, 2010) in Nagoya, Japan, brought together more than 150 participants from 35 countries representing all sectors of the global oceans community--governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and the scientific community--to emphasize the importance of marine and coastal biodiversity as a common concern of humankind and essential for preserving life on Earth.

2010-06-08 06:10

Gland, Switzerland, and Bonn, Germany, 8 June, 2010 – (IUCN) Climate change is hitting coastal areas hard: rises in sea levels, ocean acidification, extreme events, bleaching and death of coral are all climate impacts which will require adjustments socially and economically. A new IUCN report, published today, provides practical guidance for coastal communities and industries to adapt to climate change.

By 2015 half of the world's population will be living within 100 km of the coast.

2010-05-31 09:06

Global Biodiversity Outlook 3 CoverGLOBAL BIODIVERSITY OUTLOOK 3 Natural systems that support economies, lives and livelihoods across the planet are at risk of rapid degradation and collapse, unless there is swift, radical and creative action to conserve and sustainably use the variety of life on Earth.

That is a principal conclusion of a major new assessment of the current state of biodiversity and the implications of its continued loss for human well-being.

2010-05-26 04:40

As a result of a United Nations General Assembly resolution passed in December 2008, World Oceans Day is now officially recognized by the UN as June 8th each year.

2010-04-29 08:19

A new report spearheaded by the CARIBSAVE project under UNDP funding highlights the impacts of climate change on Caribbean nations and natural resources. In particular, the report highlights the difference in the impacts at the 2.0°C increase being pushed by many UN negotiators vs. the 1.5°C increase promoted by the Alliance of Small Island States. The report focuses on: the implications of ice sheet melt for global sea level rise (SLR); the projections and implications of SLR for the Caribbean region; evaluation of the differential impacts of +1.5° and +2°C on coral reefs, water resources and agriculture in the Caribbean, with additional analysis for the Pacific islands.

2010-04-28 10:50

The 6th ICRI East Asia Regional Workshop will be co-hosted by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR), Thailand and the Ministry of the Environment (MoE), Japan in collaboration with the ICRI Secretariat. This will be the final ICRI regional workshop to be held as part of the three years program focusing on MPA networks and East Asia region since 2008, and it is expected that the "ICRI East Asia Regional Strategy on MPA Networks" as well as several other ongoing associated activities will be finalized and/or to be reviewed for finalization.