#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.

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

In collaboration with ICRI member 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.

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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.