The Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), South Asia regional workshop has commenced on Tuesday, 28 January 2020.
The workshop initiated by the Maldives Marine Research Institute of Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture is hosted with the support of International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) and the Principality of Monaco.
The workshop is held at the venue of Maldives Customs building’s Conference Hall, and was inaugurated on Tuesday morning by the Maldives Minister of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture Ms Zaha Waheed.
According to the ministry a total of 25 participants are attending the workshop which includes seven participants from India, Sri Lanka, Japan as well as the South Asia Cooperative for Environment which is the facilitator of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.
Over 17 local participants including individuals and representatives of government institutions, NGOs and the private sector will be attending the two-day workshop.
The workshop is part of a series of regional workshops organized by the ICRI, in “preparation of the 2020 GCRMN Global Report on coral reef status and trends” which is slated to launch in August at the Oceans Conference in Palau.
The ICRI is an “informal partnership between Nations and organizations which strive to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world.”
The initiative was founded in 1994 by eight governments which include Australia, France, Japan, Jamaica, the Philippines, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
ICRI has played an instrumental role in promoting sustainable management of coral reef resources and in the protection of coral reef ecosystems. The initiative has also been at the forefront of promoting awareness on the state of coral reefs worldwide.
The 2020 GCRMN Global Report on Coral Reef Status and Trends will inform the governments on making relevant policies related to the conservation and the sustainable use of coral reefs globally.