Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN)

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Founded 1995, within the framework of International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), following initiatives since 1991 by the 3 co-sponsors: Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC); International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN); United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), with preparatory work by UNEP-IOC-IUCN-WMO Global Task Team on the Implications of Climate Change on Coral Reefs. Currently hosted by IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme.


Strengthen the existing capacity to assess coral reefs by providing a consistent monitoring program; identify processes and trends in coral reefs and discriminate between natural and anthropogenic and climatic changes; assess and report on the current status and future trends of coral reefs and how they are used and valued as resources; link existing organizations and individuals to effectively monitor ecological, social, cultural and economic aspects of coral reefs through collaborative regional networks; disseminate results locally, regionally and globally to advise policy, and to assist agencies to implement sustainable use and conservation of coral reefs and their resources.

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Networking/liaising; monitoring/evaluation; knowledge management/information dissemination; training/education. Special monitoring projects (2): pilot programme to give a snapshot of reef status undertaken simultaneously in research institutes worldwide; tourist monitoring programme coordinated through tourist operators and Reef Check.


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Relations with 5 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 4 non-governmental organizations.
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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 14: Life Below Water



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19. Oct 2016
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