International Coral Reef Initiative
Great Barrier Reef, QLD, Australia
Coral reef protection, Coral reef conservation
The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) is an informal partnership between Nations and organizations which strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world. Although the Initiative is an informal group whose decisions are not binding on its members, its actions have been pivotal in continuing to highlight globally the importance of coral reefs and related ecosystems to environmental sustainability, food security and social and cultural wellbeing. The work of ICRI is regularly acknowledged in United Nations documents, highlighting the Initiative's important cooperation, collaboration and advocacy role within the international arena. Both CORDIO and GCRMN are operational networks and programmes of ICRI, acting implementing arms of the initiative.