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38th ICRI
General Meeting

The 38th ICRI General Meeting will be hosted in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from September 9th – 13th 2024.

General information

The 38th General Meeting will be hosted in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, by the General Organization for Conservation of Coral Reefs and Turtles in the Red Sea (SHAMS). This will be the third meeting under the chairmanship of the United States of America.

ICRI is a global partnership working to preserve and protect coral reefs and associated ecosystems and the 38th General Meeting will bring together ICRI members from around the world face-to-face to the Middle Eastern Region for the first time in ICRIs history to discuss the achievements of ICRI and members, share knowledge and experiences, and finalise the implementation of the 2021 – 2024 Plan of Action: Turning the Tide for Coral Reefs.

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The ICRI General Meeting is confirmed to take place from 9 – 13 September 2024.

Key Dates

June 3rd 2024

  • Online Registration opens
  • Draft Agenda Available
  • Template for Motion Submission
  • Template for Member Report posted

July 8th 2024

  • Deadline to provide comments for the agenda and/or propose new items

August 5th 2024

  • Deadline for motion submission

August 19th 2024

  • Motion(s) presented posted

August 26th 2024

  • Deadline to submit member report
  • Final Agenda posted

September 9th 2024

  • Meeting Commences
About Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is a country in West Asia and the Middle East. It covers the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula and has a land area of about 2150000 km², making it the fifth-largest country in Asia and the largest in the Middle East and the only country with a coastline along both the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf.


Should you have any questions or need more information, do not hesitate to contact the ICRI Secretariat


The General Organization for Conservation of Coral Reefs and Turtles in the Red Sea is a distinguished Saudi government organization operating under the authority of the Council of Ministers Resolution No. (250) dated 04/25/1443 AH. Its primary mandate is to oversee the regulation, protection, development, and sustainability of coral reefs and turtles in the Red Sea. Shams is committed to collaborating with local and international experts to drive forward-thinking initiatives aimed at monitoring, restoring, and rehabilitating these vital marine habitats. By harnessing innovative solutions, Shams strives to position Saudi Arabia as a global frontrunner in the realm of coral and sea turtle conservation.

The Red Sea Coral Reefs

Coral reefs within the Red Sea are globally renowned for their breathtaking beauty and ecological significance. Stretching along the coastlines of multiple countries, these mesmerising reefs captivate the senses with their vibrant colors and distinctive formations. However, the Red Sea coral reefs face significant challenges. Climate change poses a formidable threat, leading to rising seawater temperatures and subsequent coral bleaching events. Pollution and overfishing further contribute to the degradation of these invaluable ecosystems.

The Red Sea coral reefs stand as extraordinary environmental treasures, demanding collective efforts to preserve and protect them for future generations. They epitomise the rich diversity of marine life and underscore the profound interconnectedness of life on our planet.


The General Meeting hosted hotel will be shared soon.

Airport & Travel

The King Abdulaziz International Airport is the main airport in Jeddah, the Kingdom’s second-biggest city.

Visa Requirements

Passport validity

If you are entering Saudi Arabia, your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date you arrive.


All visitors need a visa to enter Saudi Arabia. For more information visit:

ICRI recommend all participants apply for their VISAs well in advance. Should you require a letter of invitation, please contact the ICRI Secretariat as soon as possible.

Please note ICRI is not responsible for obtaining participantVISAs and this is at the discretion of ICRI members to check all relevant information


The official currency of Saudi Arabia is the Saudi Arabian Riyal (SAR), which is abbreviated as ر.س or SAR. The Riyal is divided into 100 halalas.

Credit cards are widely accepted in major cities and tourist areas in Saudi Arabia. However, it is recommended to carry some cash with you, especially when traveling to more rural areas or smaller towns where credit card acceptance may be limited.

Overall, the Saudi Arabian Riyal is a stable currency that is widely accepted in Saudi Arabia. Travelers should consider carrying some cash and exchanging foreign currency at reputable banks or exchange offices to ensure they receive fair exchange rates.




The draft agenda will be made available from June 3 2024.

Registration for the 38th ICRI General Meeting will be open on June 3rd 2024.

Date – TBD

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Outcomes will be developed following the 38th General Meeting .


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