Media outputs

Warren Baverstock

Here is where you can find any news articles, blogs and publications relating to the ICRI Recommendation.

Section 1: Articles and publications

June 2022 – a LinkedIn article published in advance of OEWG 4: “3 things to make sure the biodiversity negotiations are a win for coral reefs”.

May 2022 – A guest article by David Obura for ICRI, on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, the importance of clear indicators, and coral reefs. 

Mar 2022 – A commentary by Jean Weiner FoProBiM’s Executive Director, for Mongabay. ‘Food security framing increases relevance of biodiversity negotiations to less industrialized nations’.

Dec 2021 – A WCS convened webinar on integrity within the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework for EU CBD negotiators. The work of the ad hoc Committee was used to demonstrate the importance and feasibility of including indicators for measuring integrity within the GBF for ecosystems, including for coral reefs. You can re-watch the webinar here.

Nov 2021 – A WCS led Vibrant Oceans white paper “Opportunities for coral reefs at the ocean-climate policy nexus” read the whitepaper here and see below for the Economist World Ocean Initiative guest blog.

Nov 2021 – A guest blog for The Economist World Ocean Initiative by ocean leaders Peter Thomson (UN), Abdulla Naseer (Maldives) and Susan Lieberman (Wildlife Conservation Society). It highlights the critical linkages of the ocean-biodiversity nexus and the need for coherent coral reef positive outcomes from both COP26 and COP15. Read the article here.

Sep 2021 – An Open Letter to the IUCN membership on coral reefs and food security in the context of the CBD Global Biodiversity Framework negotiations by Jean Weiner, FoProBiM’s Executive Director [web link]

Jul 2021 – Towards Post-2020 Mobilisation of #27 – Coral Reefs: A Vulnerable Ecosystem Critical to Living in Harmony with Nature [pdf] [teaser video]

Apr 2021 – Gaining Momentum in the Mission to Safeguard the World’s Coral Reefs

Apr 2021 – Five A’s of the Coral Reef Indicators

Oct/Dec 2020 – The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI – CFF) released their October-December 2020 newsletter in which they included an article entitled “CTI-CFF attends the virtual discussion on “Coral Reefs and the CBD post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework”

Dec 2020 – An article, written by ICRI Coordinator Francis Staub, entitled “How the world is coming together to save coral reefs” was shared on the World Economic Forum website.

Nov 2020 – The Reef-World Foundation shared a blog post “A global challenge requiring global action” which draws together the views and voices of experts from around the world.

Nov 2020 – A WCS Op-Ed entitled We Can Save Earth’s Coral Reefs- Members of the International Coral Reef Initiative have agreed on the steps we must take. Now governments have to act which details the work done by ICRI members for the inclusion of coral reefs in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework was published in Scientific American.

Sep 2020 – WWF’s Coral Reef Rescue Initiative shared a blog post “Achieving high ambitions from down below” about the need to include ecosystem-specific indicators in the CBD Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

Jul 2020 – Article in Reef Encounter (Volume 35, No. 1 July 2020, Number 48) – Coral reefs and the CBD Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Updated Apr 2021 – WCS has developed a 2-pager on corals in the post-2020 framework, which is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Indonesian, Portuguese and Spanish. These materials are available at

May 2020 – The Press Release (PDF), released on International Biodiversity Day, announcing the delivery of the Recommendation to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to be incorporated into the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (Framework). The Summary of the ICRI Recommendation (PDF) which is now available in EnglishFrenchSpanish.

Section 2: Social media assets

Please feel free to use these social assets using the hashtag #ForCoral and tagging @ICRI_Coral_Reef

Our three asks #ForCoral in the GBF:
Short video:
ICRI’s Recommended healthy coral reef indicators for inclusion in the monitoring framework:

Infographic illustrating the value of coral reefs globally:

English version

Other languages

Please note we are looking to translate the infographics into additional languages, if you are able to assist please contact Tom.

Voices of Support

Individuals from around the world have gathered their voices #ForCoral in support of ICRI’s call to prioritise coral reefs in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

Visit the Voices of Support page
Archived material

2020 | WCS has produced a document in support of the ICRI recommendation “Recommendation: setting shared goals and targets for coral reefs“, available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Indonesian, Portuguese and Spanish.

This work was done with the support of Vulcan Inc and WCS.