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Improving Coral Reefs Protection for Effective Conservation
by Observatorio Pro Arrecifes Colombia (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
Environmental Education Campaign with the slogan "Better to prevent than to Cure" since 2017 and the International Year of The Reef (IYOR) 2018, active in 2019 until December 2020.

Objective: Improving Coral Reefs Protection for Effective Conservation: Local threats should be avoided while national and global efforts are improved to reduce pollution (Pollutants and CO2 emission, dredging, sedimentation/turbidity, overfishing, and direct or indirect destruction).

Background: Colombia provides a case study to learn how non-protected areas may have better performance of conservation indicators than the ones that are from "protected" areas. #SDG may become relevant when decision support systems can guide policies of conservation. We are committed to involving civil society to request coral reef conservation and provide citizen science reporting their observations systematically.

- Involve stakeholders (Artisanal Fishermen, Scuba Diving Operators, Tourism operators
- Take / Receive Photos and videos from coral reef areas
- Address the general public with photos and videos providing them with virtual reality experiences of the ecological, social and economic values of effective coral reef conservation
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
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
  • Other (please specify): Citizen Science
  • Government, Civil Society and General Public Involvement in Colombia IYOR
August-December 2017
Involve stakeholders (Artisanal Fishermen, Scuba Diving Operators, Tourism operators) in the Consultation Meetings
Jan-Dec 2018
ICRI-COLOMBIA International Year of The Reef
June 2017
Contact top decision makers by social media with clear statements to influence #GlobalBehaviorChange #GlobalBehaviOURchange
June-July 2017
Write direct formal letters to request specific and urgent actions
Financing (in USD)
20,000 USD
Other, please specify
Multiplication of knowledge and campaigns from other entities and the general public to contribute with #SDG14
Staff / Technical expertise
Voluntary Advice
In-kind contribution
Voluntary Time, lodging and transportation support
Basic information
Time-frame: June 1st 2017 - December 31st 2018
Fundacion ICRI Colombia en Pro de los Arrecifes Coralinos
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
All the countries with coral reefs
Contact information
NOHORA GALVIS, DIRECTORA, nohora.galvis@gmail.com, 57-3118428075
Bogotá Colombia
Other SDGs
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