ICRI is is a partnership among governments, international organizations, and non-government organizations. Governance arrangements are set out in organization and management procedures, which identify roles of the General Meeting as a governing body and the Secretariat, which is hosted by countries on a rotating basis; criteria for membership; and implementation of activities through operational networks and ad hoc committees.
An ambitious plan of action 2016-2018 proposed by France was adopted by the ICRI membership in November 2016. It comprises 5 themes:
1. Raising awareness on the importance of coral reefs and related ecosystems to help mitigate the impacts of climate change - In the framework of the major Because the Ocean Declaration, endorsed by many States in December 2015 alongside COP21, and of the Agenda for Action, the following actions will be encouraged:
- highlight the contribution of coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrasses to mitigate and adapt to climate change and its impacts,
- encourage financing for projects and initiatives which help protect and restore coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrasses
- an online catalog and a report will be produced.
2. To contribute to the implementation of the international agreements - Coral reefs are receiving growing international attention, as illustrated by decisions and action plans under Multilateral Environmental Agreements, including the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, as well as the resolution on sustainable coral reefs management adopted at the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in May 2016.
- Production of an analysis of global and regional policy instruments and governance mechanisms related to the protection and sustainable management of coral reefs, with recommendations for action.
3. To help reducing human threats to coral reefs and associated mangroves and seagrasses. Several recommendations to reduce human threats to coral reefs and associated mangroves and seagrasses will be adopted on legislative or regulatory measures (e.g. on dredging, marine or coastal infrastructure; deployment of mooring devices limiting mechanical damage to coral reefs and seagrasses). A review on the impacts of sunscreens and other endocrine disruptors on coral reefs will be produced.
4. To monitor the state of coral reefs.Through its Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), several reports on the status and trends of coral reefs will be release: Status and Trends of Coral Reefs of the Pacific Islands; or one for the Indian Ocean (in collaboration with the Indian Ocean Commission). See #SDGAction14306 Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN)
5. To raise awareness about the importance of coral reefs and related ecosystems. Declaration of 2018 as the International Year of coral reef (IYOR 2018). IYOR 2018 will consist of a wide range of events and activities that will take place throughout the year and around the world.
Finally, a small projects scheme - aiming to help ICRI members to implement the plan of action will be set-up. This will support coral reef stakeholders implement concrete actions, improve management effectiveness, test pilot schemes or put in place tools that can be useful to other countries.
Updates to voluntary commitment
International Year of the Reef
Study on the impacts of sunscreens and other endocrine disruptors on coral reefs
Analysis of global and regional policy instruments and governance mechanisms related to the protection and sustainable management of coral reefs, with recommendations for action
4 to 6 Pilot projects on coral reef resilience and restoration that enable replication
Staff / Technical expertise
French ministries are involved in the Secretariat MOM, MAEDI, METS and UNEP/ MCEB, CRU
UN Environment including through the work of the Global Coral Reef Partnership
Financing (in USD)
Staff / Technical expertise
French contribution to UNEP: 500,000 Euros + 200,000 (since June 2016); Monaco contribution: 100,000 Euros; and Swedish contribution: 300,000 Euros