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Side Event #4209

Status: PUBLISHED

Date Wednesday
2022.03.16 @ 13:15
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Room Salle D
Level 1
Capacity: 500 people
Conference SBSTTA-24 / SBI-03 / WG2020-03
Meetings(s)
WG2020-03
Third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
Title Three Ways to Save Coral Reefs through the GBF: An informal exchange with coral reef champions
Hosts
ICRI | WCS |
Topics
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Post 2020 Framework
Indicators
Exchange of Information
Island Biodiversity
Aichi Biodiversity Targets
 

 

 

The proposed side event is convened by the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), as a partnership of 44 countries safeguarding 75% of the world’s coral reefs countries and organisations.

 

It will be co-organised with WCS and the following Parties: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Germany, Japan, Jordan, Maldives, Monaco, Myanmar,  Seychelles and South Africa, United Kingdom.

 

ICRI has been engaging with and contributing to the Post-2020 process since the end of 2018, developing a consensus Recommendation in 2020 for how coral reefs can be adequately integrated within the Post-202o Global Biodiversity Framework and its monitoring framework. 

 

This side event will provide an opportunity to bring Parties that have been engaging virtually for a face to face informal exchange on how the ICRI recommendations can be taken up in the negotiations in Geneva, particularly relating to Goal A, Targets 1, 2, 3 and the inclusion of ecosystem specific indicators within the GBF monitoring framework. 

 

It is proposed that the event would start with high level opening remarks followed by facilitated dialogue around the three ways to save coral reefs (focusing on the decline of vulnerable ecosystems within goals and targets; Ensure targets prioritize coral reef conservation and restoration; and including existing coral reef indicators in the monitoring framework). The event would wrap up with concluding remarks. 

 

It would be intended that a note of the discussions would be circulated to interested participants as a resource for negotiations.

 

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ICRI Recommendation on the inclusion of coral reefs and related ecosystems within the CBD Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework


The Recommendation is a contribution to the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) development process to ensure the appropriate inclusion of coral reef ecosystems. The Recommendation pays particular attention to identifying clear, measurable indicators for coral reefs as a way to ensure actions to address coral reefs are prioritised in realising the targets and goals of the GBF.

Coral reef, ecosystem, monitoring framework, indicator  

Mapping opportunities for the GBF to support coral reef ecosystems: Working Document


This is a working document to support consideration by Parties on how to take up the key elements of the ICRI Recommendation to ensure the GBF will help support the urgent action that is needed for coral reef ecosystems, as an example of a unique and threatened marine ecosystem.

ICRI-side-event-handout-3.docx

coral, marine and coastal, ocean, coral reef, GBF  

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Event flyer


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Coral reef, monitoring, ecosystem  

ICRI Recommended indicators


Monitoring coral reefs through a comprehensive, consistent set of indicators incentivizes action, allows for adaptive management of coral reefs at different scales, and increases accountability. We call on CBD Parties to adopt ICRI-recommended indicators for coral reefs as part of the GBF monitoring framework. The indicators, which include coral cover, coral reef extent, fleshy algae cover, area of coral protected, water quality and restoration, work together to create a globally consistent, scientifically sound means to establish baselines and track coral reef health against GBF goals and targets.

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3 Asks #ForCoral in the GBF


1. Prioritise the vulnerable ecosystems that we depend on, including coral reefs: Not all ecosystems are the same. The GCRMN 2020 report demonstrated that coral reefs are in exceptional decline — projected to worsen under current climate scenarios — despite their immense value to people. 2. Retain the integrity of existing coral reef ecosystems and restore around them: Applying the conservation hierarchy at different scales, with a focus on ecosystem retention and avoidance of impacts, is essential to national and global outcomes. The current rate of loss of coral reefs will never be offset by restoration efforts. 3. Adopt global coral reef indicators: The indicators, which include coral cover, coral reef extent, fleshy algae cover, area of coral protected, water quality and restoration, work together to create a globally consistent, scientifically sound means to establish baselines and track coral reef health against GBF goals and targets.

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coral, coral reef, monitoring, indicator, accountability, ecosystem  

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