#ForCoral Webinar Series

Raising Awareness of the Importance and threats of Coral Reefs

Coral reefs are vital ecosystems that support a staggering biodiversity, providing a habitat for countless marine species. However, these delicate ecosystems are under severe threat due to climate change, pollution, and overfishing. Understanding the critical importance of coral reefs to both marine biodiversity and human well-being, the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) launched the #ForCoral Webinar series as a proactive measure to raise awareness, share knowledge, and foster collaboration among stakeholders worldwide. By bringing together experts, scientists, policymakers, conservationists, and the public, these webinars serve as a platform for dialogue, exchange of ideas, and dissemination of best practices in coral reef conservation and management.

Moreover, the webinars prioritise inclusivity and diversity, ensuring that voices from various sectors, disciplines, and geographical regions are heard. By fostering cross-sectoral collaboration and knowledge exchange, the ICRI #ForCoral Webinar series aims to empower individuals and organisations with the tools, resources, and networks needed to take meaningful action for coral reef conservation.

Recent Coral Response Events and the Need for Integrated Response Planning

In collaboration with ICRI Co-Chair NOAA

Date: March 5th 2024

Time: 15:00 UTC

Recent coral response events have highlighted the urgent need for integrated response planning to address the threats facing coral reefs. With coral bleaching, disease outbreaks, and other stressors on the rise due to climate change and human activities, coordinated efforts among scientists, policymakers, conservationists, and local communities are essential to mitigate the impacts and ensure the long-term survival of these vital ecosystems. Integrated response planning aims to synergize research, conservation actions, and policy measures to enhance coral resilience and facilitate adaptive management strategies in the face of ongoing environmental challenges.

Webinar Recording

How to Apply Coral Reef Connectivity Models to Reef Management

In collaboration with Reef Resilience Network

Date: March 26th 2024

Time: 14:00 HST / 20:00 EDT

Coral colonies may stay in the same place for thousands of years, but these sessile organisms spend their early life as mobile larvae. These larvae can disperse tens to hundreds of kilometers, shaping the genetic diversity of coral reefs. Similarly, fish and invertebrate species impact coral reef ecosystem dynamics and local communities as they traverse seascapes as larvae and adults. Understanding coral reef connectivity and using this information in management decisions, such as designing marine protected area networks, can be a powerful tool to build resilience.

This webinar explores two different approaches to gain insight into coral reef connectivity: a hydrodynamic model and a population genetic lens. Experts will present on the two techniques, including what these techniques can and cannot tell us, and showcase how each approach has been used to support management in the Pacific Islands. These presentations will help marine managers understand which approach may work best for the scale, budget, and timeline of their decision-making process.

Webinar Recording

The Impacts of land-based Sources of Pollution on Coral Reefs

In collaboration with ICRI member The World heritage Marine Programme, UNESCO

Date: April 4th 2024

Time: 21:00 BST

The impacts of land-based sources of pollution on coral reefs are profound and multifaceted, contributing significantly to their degradation worldwide. Runoff containing sediment, nutrients, pesticides, and industrial waste from human activities such as agriculture, urban development, and manufacturing can lead to sedimentation, nutrient enrichment, and chemical contamination in reef environments. These pollutants disrupt the delicate balance of coral reef ecosystems, causing coral bleaching, reduced growth rates, altered species compositions, and increased susceptibility to diseases. Additionally, land-based pollution can exacerbate the effects of climate change and ocean acidification, further jeopardising the health and resilience of coral reefs, which are vital marine ecosystems supporting diverse marine life and providing essential ecosystem services. Addressing these sources of pollution through improved land-use practices, wastewater management, and policy interventions is crucial for the preservation and restoration of coral reef ecosystems.

Webinar Recording

Integrating coral reefs into NBSAPs

In collaboration with: NBSAP Forum

Date: Tuesday 7th May 2024

Time: 13:00 BST | 08:00 EDT | 22:00 AEST

ICRI recently released a Guide for integrating coral reefs and associated ecosystems into NBSAPs, accompanied by 3 case studies from the Philippines, Palau and France. Integrating coral reefs into NBSAPS is crucial for their conservation, protection, and restoration, especially in light of the recent announcement by NOAA and ICRI regarding the fourth global coral bleaching event. The webinar aims to support the implementation of the guidelines – equipping coral reef countries with the knowledge and tools necessary to effectively integrate coral reefs into their NBSAPs, in turn supporting the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). Over the 90 minutes, speakers will showcase the guidance and its contents, including the 3 case studies, as well as financial support for the implementation of NBSAPs and the NBSAP Forum.

The guidance, case studies and summary are available to download here: https://icriforum.org/documents/icri-coral-reefs-nbsaps/

Webinar Recording

The Status of the Fourth Global Bleaching Event and the role of the global coral reef community

Date: Tuesday 14th May 2024

Time: 13:00 BST | 08:00 EDT | 22:00 AEST

Following the recent announcement by NOAA and ICRI on April 15th regarding the 4th Global Coral Bleaching Event – the second in a decade – this webinar aims to provide an in-depth analysis of the current state of coral bleaching on local and global scales. This global event requires global action and ICRI and its members continue to advance coral interventions and restoration in the face of climate change.

During this 2 hour webinar hear about the current status of coral bleaching from coral reef regions and countries (USA, Australia, the Red Sea, the Western Indian Ocean, the Caribbean, Brazil, and France) and the role of the global coral reef community to secure a future for coral reefs.

Recording Available

Coral Reef Red List of Ecosystems

In collaboration with CORDIO and IUCN

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Coming soon

Resilience Based Management Case Studies

In collaboration with:

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Scaling up coral restoration: successes and opportunities

In collaboration with: UNEP-WCMC

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New Topics

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Financial Support

This Webinar Series is hosted with the financial support of The Government of Sweden, and the Principality of Monaco.