WILDLIFE DIVISION (Status and Protection of Coral Reef)
A worldwide campaign to raise awareness about the value and importance of coral reefs and threats to their sustainability, and to motivate people to take action to protect them. Marine life, livelihoods and coastal defense are taking a huge battering, especially from overfishing and climate change. It is the life line of these islands. The economy of the islands is also directly proportional to the status of this biodiversity hotspot.
At the 31st General Meeting (November 2016 in Paris, France), the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) declared 2018 as the third International Year of the Reef for the purpose of strengthen awareness globally about the value of, and threats to, coral reefs and associated ecosystems, to promote partnerships between governments, the private sector, academia and civil society on the management of coral reefs to identifying and implementing effective management strategies for conservation, increased resiliency and sustainable use of these ecosystems and promoting best practices and share information on best practices in relation to sustainable coral reef management.