As of today, France and Madagascar will replace Japan and Thailand as co-chairs of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat, which rotates every two years.
The ICRI was created in 1994 and brings together states, international organizations, scientific bodies and NGOs that are committed to combating the degradation of coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world. France, which alone has 10% of the coral reefs charted around the world, and the second longest coral reef - in New Caledonia -, is very committed to this issue.
In a context of accelerated destruction of coral reefs due to climate disruption, the French-Madagascan ICRI co-chairs will focus on leading the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, monitoring the status of the reefs by region, and assessing the recent and very important phenomenon of coral bleaching. It will also focus on the initiatives in the Indian Ocean region.
The next ICRI general assembly will take place in Paris from November 2 to 4, 2016. A second meeting will take place in Madagascar in 2017.