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Global Coral Reef Partnership
by UN Environment (United Nations entity)
The overall aim of the partnership is to secure coral reef benefits in a changing climate, by supporting and enabling decision making across public and private sectors which is informed by sound data on coral reef status and trends; climate change vulnerability; ecosystem service values and human dependence. This will protect coral reef biodiversity; build climate resilience of reefs as well as dependent industries and communities; and make coral reefs a part of sustainable development/a blue economy.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Coastal carbon sinks/blue carbon
  • Adaptation to more acidic ocean conditions
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • No take marine protected area
  • Marine protected area with partial protection
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
December 2017
Data and tools for prioritisation of coral reef management in the face of climate change (downscaled climate model projections of coral bleaching conditions and guidance on resilience assessments for decision support, applied in demonstration projects)
December 2017
Report on the business case for maintaining healthy coral reefs as a core asset in the Blue Economy
December 2018
Sustainable financing of coral reefs through public private partnerships and impact investment (demonstration projects and guidance)
December 2018
Measurable reduction in pressure on reefs from dive tourism through industry action (expansion of the Green Fins initiative)
Financing (in USD)
3,000,000 USD
In-kind contribution
Contributions by partners towards activities implemented through the partnership
Staff / Technical expertise
Expertise and know-how of partner agencies staff applied in development of tools, training and implementation of demonstration projects
Basic information
Time-frame: 2014 - open-ended
Regional Seas programmes including Caribbean Environment Programme, Abidjan Convention, Nairobi Convention, Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme/South Asian Seas, Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia, Secretariat of the Regional Environment Programme of the Pacific; Organizations including The Reef-World Foundation, ECRE-Blue Finance, UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre, and GRID-Arendal; Networks: ICRI and GCRMN
Ocean Basins
  • Global
  • Indian Ocean
  • North Atlantic
  • North Pacific
  • South Atlantic
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Tropical marine environmental planners and managers; private sector entities in the coral reef value chain; civil society including conservation organisations
Contact information
Jerker Tamelander, Head, Coral Reef Unit, tamelander@un.org, +66 22 88 1099
UN Environment Asia and the Pacific Office, Bangkok, Thailand
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