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36th ICRI
General Meeting

The 36th ICRI General Meeting will be held virtually on the 13th & 15th December 2021

The United States of America hosted the 36th General Meeting which took place on the 13th and 15th of December 2021. This was the first General Meeting of the United States of America’s third tenure chairing the International Coral Reef Initiative. Due to the one-going and evolving global COVID-19 situation, the 36th General Meeting was conducted online. Despite this, the Secretariat welcomed over 70 participants to the meeting across two days of productive discussions. Download the ICRIGM36 summary record (PDF File)

Key Outcomes

A number of key outcomes of the 36th ICRI General Meeting include:

3 new members were welcomed into ICRI; the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Commonwealth Secretariat; and the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI)

The following documents were adopted during the meeting:


Day 1 – Monday, 13th December (16:00 PM EST: UTC -5)
Housekeeping (including Presentation of the format of the event)
Welcome from the United States of America

Christine Dawson, Department of State, USA

New Member Presentations

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia [Download Expression of Interest PDF]
His Excellency Osama Faqeeha, the Deputy Minister for Environment

Commonwealth Secretariat [Download Expression of Interest PDF] [Download Presentation PDF]
Nick Hardman-Mountford, Head of Oceans and Natural Resources, Commonwealth Secretariat 

Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute [Download Expression of Interest PDF]
Robert Glazer, GCFI

Presentation of the Plan of Action 2021

Christine Dawson, Department of State, USA
Jennifer Koss, NOAA

Question and Discussion


The Global Coral Reef Monitoring network (GCRMN)

Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network [Download Presentation PDF]
David Souter, Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)

Status and Trends of East Asian Coral Reefs [Download Presentation PDF]
Yohei Mori, Ministry of the Environment, Japan

GCRMN Monitoring Analysis at the National Level [Download Presentation PDF]
Serge Planes, Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l’Environment 

WRI GCRMN Regional Dashboard & Social and Economic Vulnerability to Coral Reef Degradation and Loss [Download Presentation PDF]
Lauretta Burke, World Resource Institute (WRI)

Day 1 closing remarks

Jennifer Koss, NOAA

Day 2 –Wednesday, 15th December (16:00 PM EST: UTC -5)
Presentations on the future of the ad-hoc committees 

Post-2020 Coral Reef Recommendation [Download Presentation PDF]
Emily Corcoran, ICRI Consultant

Restoration [Download Presentation PDF]
Ian McLeod, James Cook University / Australian Institute of Marine Science

Restoration Funding Report [Download Presentation PDF]
Margaux Hein, ICRI Consultant 

Resilience-based Management [Download Presentation PDF]
Katherine Martin, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA)

Discussion of the Plan of Action (members open floor)


New Initiatives and the Role of ICRI

The Coral Research & Development Accelerator Platform (CORDAP) [Download Presentation PDF]
Jennifer Koss, NOAA

The Global Fund for Coral Reefs (GFCR) [Download Presentation PDF]
Yabanex Batista, GFCR

Upcoming Events

Our Ocean Conference, Palau
Yimnang Golbuu, Palau International Coral Reef Center

UN Ocean Conference 2022
Madushree Chatterjee, Natural Resources & Interlinkages Branch, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, Department of Economic and Social Affairs

15th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS)
Andrea Grottoli, ICRS

World Wetlands Day, 02 February 2022 [Download Presentation PDF]
Jerker Tamelander, Ramsar

Reef Futures [Download Presentation PDF]
Tali Vardi, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program

Next Steps for the Secretariat

Christine Dawson, Department of State, USA

Questions and Discussion
Day 2 closing remarks

Monica Medina, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment and Science, USA



General information

In light of the current global situation related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the ICRI Secretariat will organise a virtual General Meeting on the 13th and 15th December 2021. The 2 following sessions will be held:

  • Monday, 13th December, 2021 – Opening and welcome from the USA, ICRI business (membership requests, ICRI governance), and a session on the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN)
  • Wednesday, 15th December, 2021 – Report from the ICRI ad hoc committees, and upcoming events

The sessions will start at 16:00 PM Washington DC (EST: UTC -5) and expect to last for 2.5 hours. They will be recorded.

Key Dates
  • Monday 6th December, 2021 –Agenda and documents now available
  • Monday 13th December, 2021 – General Meeting Day 1
  • Wednesday 15th December 2021 – General Meeting Day 2

Simultaneous translation in French, English and Spanish will be available.


Should you have any questions or need more information, do not hesitate to contact Francis Staub