International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI)

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Protecting coral reefs around the world

Australia is a founding member of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) — a partnership of nations and organisations working together on coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world.

The International Coral Reef Initiative was founded in 1994 by eight governments: Australia, France, Japan, Jamaica, the Philippines, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. The International Coral Reef Initiative now represents nations responsible for managing more than 75 per cent of the world’s coral reefs.

Through the International Coral Reef Initiative, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority shares Australia’s expertise with our key partners from around the globe, to help ensure coral reefs are protected for this generation and generations to come.

Challenges facing coral reefs are not unique to the Great Barrier Reef. In our role as Secretariat, Australia aims to continue to strengthen International Coral Reef Initiative's effectiveness as a mechanism for global and regional collaboration, and continue to build capacity and innovation in reef science and management.

The actions of the International Coral Reef Initiative's membership have been pivotal in catalysing greater international collaboration on coral reefs and highlighting their importance to biodiversity, environmental sustainability, food security, and social and cultural well being.

Australia is partnering with Monaco and Indonesia as co-chair of the International Coral Reef Initiative Secretariat until mid-2021, with support from the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.