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Biological Diversity and the International Year of the Reef

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the International Coral Reef Initiative

Date and Time
26 May 2008 13:15 - 14:45

Ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 9)

This event is being orgnized jointly by SCBD and ICRI. The International Year of the Reef is an international programme designed to effectively communicate with various target audiences, the value and importance of the world’s coral reefs and the threats to the reefs’ sustainability, and to motivate target audiences to take action to protect coral reefs. IYOR 2008 will be a year-long campaign of events and initiatives hosted by governments, individuals, corporations, schools around the world to promote conservation action and strengthen long-term constituencies for coral reef conservation. The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) IYOR Ad Hoc Committee is in charge of advising, supporting and providing guidance to the IYOR 2008 Coordinator in carrying out the ICRI IYOR 2008 Action Plan and accompanying activities. The Committee is chaired by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on behalf of the ICRI Co-Secretariat. Further details can be found at http://www.iyor.org.