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Side Event #2806


Date Sunday
2018.11.25 @ 13:15
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Room Aswan - JUSCANZ Room
Building 1
Capacity: 91 people
Conference COP 14 / CP-COP-MOP 9 / NP-COP-MOP 3
Fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
Title Investments in Corals Reefs Can Help Achieve Multiple Biodiversity and Sustainable Development Goals
UNEP-WCMC | ICRI | UNEP | UN Environment GRID-Arendal | Vulcan |
Strategic Plan 2011-2020
National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs)
Sustainable Development / Millenium Development Goals
Aichi Biodiversity Targets
Financial Mechanism and Resources Mobilization
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Aichi Biodiversity Targets


In response to increasing pressures on coral reefs and associated ecosystems globally, the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) declared 2018 as the third International Year of the Reef (IYOR). In July, at the 22nd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), Parties were urged to enhance efforts to prevent continued worldwide decrease of live coral cover (CBD/SBSTTA/REC/22/4, para. 7), in accordance with the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and corresponding elements of the Sustainable Development Goals. Ways to standardise, integrate and share biodiversity information more effectively were proposed as options to accelerate progress towards the achievement of these targets, including Aichi Biodiversity Targets 10 and 11 (CBD/SBSTTA/REC/22/5 Annex IV). Parties also recognised the restoration of coral reefs and mangrove ecosystems as an important step toward mitigating the threat of climate change for coastal communities (CBD/SBSTTA/REC/22/7, para. 1).

We will present the outcomes of an analysis on how countries are progressing toward the current Aichi Target 10, based on the list of priority actions defined by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, with the aim to inform the post-2020 Biodiversity Framework. In celebration of IYOR, this event will also feature three stories from the Pacific, Caribbean, and Southeast Asian regions, each of which answers the following three questions:

  • Where are coral reefs and how are they changing over time?
  • What financing is being invested in these and associated ecosystems?
  • How is this financing yielding multiple benefits for communities through the conservation of coral reefs and associated ecosystems?

These stories will combine information from Panorama, the Coral Reef Funding Landscape, Protected Planet (the World Database on Protected Areas) and Ocean+ Habitats (introduced at the 22nd SBSTTA and to be launched at this event) to demonstrate the wider impact of coral conservation financing. Specifically, we will illustrate the benefits obtained through healthy coral reefs and associated ecosystems, and how financing can enhance the capacity of local communities to advance progress toward multiple targets.

This event will thus highlight how knowledge connected and shared across different platforms can strengthen our ability to track meaningful progress toward multiple Aichi Targets (e.g. 5, 10, 11, 14, 15, 19) and Sustainable Development Goal Targets, including 14.2 and 14.5. Additionally, the improved understanding of the location and trends of corals and associated coastal ecosystems advanced through partnerships, including those comprising the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, can help to inform the post-2020 Biodiversity Framework, including the potential for a new target for coral reefs.

By catalysing partnerships to tell the evolving story of the world’s coral reefs and associated ecosystems, we aim to strengthen our understanding of opportunities to further conserve and restore these unique and valuable habitats.

For more information, please contact Lauren Weatherdon ( 

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