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French Initiative for Coral Reefs (IFRECOR): Plan of actions 2016-2020
by FRANCE (Government)
Objectives: IFRECOR's vocation is to promote the protection and sustainable management of coral reefs and their associated ecosystems, seagrasses and mangroves that are of major importance in the 9 concerned overseas territories.

Organisation: the governance and the facilitation of the initiative are based on a national committee and a network of 9 overseas local committees, which meet every year to review the progress of the actions ; its action relies on a 5-years working programs defined at both local and national scales. It is followed by a secretariat (ministries in charge of ecology and overseas, respectively) assisted by a support unit.

Committment: The plan of actions 2016-2020 adopted by France is the following:

- Strengthen knowledge and develop management tools on coral reef
- Support the development of regulatory tools in order to protect them
- Monitor and communicate on coral reefs, mangroves and seagrasses health
- Contribute to the reduction of anthropic threats to coral reefs, mangroves and seagrasses
- Contribute to a better consideration of coral reefs and associated ecosystems in the fight against climate change
- Protect reefs by supporting Marine Protected Areas (MPA)
- Diversify funding dedicated to the protection of reefs and associated ecosystems by developing public-private partnerships
- Educate and raise awareness to protect
Progress reports
14.1
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
OTHER POLLUTANTS (please specify)
  • Other (please specify): Implementation of measures regarding impact studies in coral reef environment
14.2
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
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
14.3
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Scientific research and cooperation to address ocean acidification knowledge gaps
14.5
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
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
14.7
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Other : Development of public-private partnerships in the overseas
14.a
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Transfer marine technology
2017-2021
On-line observatory (indicators) of the impacts of climate change on coral and associated ecosystems
2018
Platform for the dissemination of good practices in ecological engineering in coral environments
2019
Building a tool (MERCI-COR) for dimensioning the compensatory measures of the impacts in coral environment
2021
Report on coral reefs, mangroves and seagrasses' state of health in french oversea territories
Staff / Technical expertise
18 persons in charge of projects implementation
Financing (in USD)
5,000,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
9 perons in charge of each local committee in overseas territories
Staff / Technical expertise
Secretariat of the initiative (2 persons from the ministers in charge of ecology and overseas) Technical support unit (2 persons) 9 persons in charge of local committees (1 per oversea) 18 persons in charge of thematic actions
Basic information
Time-frame: 01/2016 - 12/2020
Partners
Initiated in March 1999 under the Prime Minister’s decision, IFRECOR is placed under the co-presidency of the ministers in charge of ecology and overseas territories, respectively. Its innovative governance is built on the objective to gather all the overseas reef territories and actors concerned by reef ecosystems, nationally and locally. It has the support of a national committee and a network of 9 local ones. The main partners of the initiative are the 9 French overseas which have coral reefs: New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna in the Pacific ocean; Guadeloupe and St Martin, Martinique and St Barthlemy in the Caribbean; Reunion Island, Mayotte and the Iles Eparses in the Indian Ocean. The other partners are members of the national committee: parliamentarians, Ministries, scientific organizations working on coral reefs (IRD, IFREMER, CNRS), more technical ones (CERL), socio-professional organizations (FFESSM, fishermen organizations) and NGOs (WWF, IUCN, FNE, SNPN).
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
  • North Atlantic
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
The populations of the 9 French overseas territories mentioned above at the level of the partners.
Contact information
Antoine PEBAYLE, Chargé de mission « Biodiversité marine et Récifs Coralliens », antoine.pebayle@developpement-durable.gouv.fr, +33 (0)1.40.81.82.12
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