WCC 2016 Rec 106 - Progress Report

General information
IUCN Constituencies implementing this Resolution
IUCN Members: 
Ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Développement international ( MEAE ) / France
IUCN Commissions: 
IUCN Commission on Ecosystems Management 2017-2020 (CEM)
IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas 2017-2020 (WCPA)
IUCN Secretariat: 
Yes
Other non-IUCN related organisations: 
International Coral Refs Initiative (ICRI)
Implementation
Indicate which actions have been carried out to implement this Resolution : 
Capacity-building
Convene stakeholders/Networking
Education/Communication/Raising awareness
Field activities
Fundraising
Policy influencing/advocacy
Scientific/technical activities
Describe the results/achievements of the actions taken: 
Capacity-building: In cooperation with Monaco and UNEP, ICRI Secretariat has launched a call for small innovative projects. % projects will be funded by the French Government. A call has been launched for funding 30 other quality projects by ICRI members and the private sector.
Convene stakeholders :France is chairing the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) since June 2016.
Education/Communication/Networking: ICRI published the following documents in 2017:
- Impacts of sunscreens on coral reefs a review of the scientific evidence, discussion of the issues, and recommendations for further research
- 3 fact sheets about the economic and social importance of coral reefs at a country and regional level (Caribbean, South East Asia, Indian Ocean)
- Eco-designed mooring for coral reef restoration
- IYOR 2018 Posters
ICRI is also assessing progresses of the Voluntary Commitments in relation with the SDG14, at https://oceanconference.un.org/COMMITMENTS/?COMMUNITY=2
Field activities: Support for national marine spatial planning in member countries includes spatial planning for coral reefs in the Pacific Reegion (IUCN ORO).
Fund raising : A mapping of international development cooperation for the conservation of coral reefs and mangroves has been commissioned to the Cambridge Nature Conservation Monitoring Center to identify geographical and thematic gaps in funding the protection of coral reefs in order to better guide potential donors to maximize the effectiveness of the funds. A dedicated website will be launched by ICRI in early 2018. On the basis of the studies carried out, it is already possible to draw lessons on trends, gaps and inconsistencies in the distribution of aid (large geographical disparities unfounded). The aim is for the future to continue to update this work, by feeding ICRI members the database that has been created, and to make it a support for coordination between donors.
Policy influencing/advocacy: At the last ICRI General Assembly, a resolution was adopted on strengthening the regulation of dredging activities in reef areas and another on support for investments in natural infrastructure that could improve resilience facing climate change. An ad hoc committee of ICRI was established to prepare a recommendation on the deployment of ecological moorings and other ecological engineering infrastructure to reduce damage to coral and seagrass beds. In addition, ICRI has just completed a detailed synthesis on the impact of sun creams and other endocrine disruptors on coral reefs. Following steps taken by French diplomacy, ICRI has also been able to welcome a new Member State, Burma.
Scientific/technical activities: Conducting research on several topics relevant to coral reef conservation such as impacts of sunscreen, eco-mooring, etc.
What challenges/obstacles have been encountered in the implementation of this Resolution and how were they overcome : 
No specific obstacles have been identified.
Challenges include fund raising (as always!)
Briefly describe what future actions are needed for the implementation of this Resolution: 
ICRI proclaimed 2018 as the International Year of Coral Reefs, and is in contact with several private foundations interested in funding communication actions.
ICRI members called on the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) to make a global assessment of the state of coral reefs and mangroves by 2020, in time for climate change. the important international environmental deadlines that year (UNFCCC COP26, CBD COP15, etc.). Indeed, the last dates back to 2008.
Status of implementation
Status of implementation for this Resolution: 
Underway: implementation well-advanced
Additional information
Are these actions planned for yet: 
Yes