Partnership Members

U.S. Department of State International Union for the Conservation of Nature National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration United Nations Environment Programme Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority IFRECOR Japan Ministry of the Environment Le Criobe PERSGA Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Reef Check Foundation Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) SPAW Protocol The Convention on Biological Diversity The World Resources Institute The WorldFish Centre UNESCO-IOC

International Union for the Conservation of Nature

The International Union for Conservation of Nature is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization.

  • Founded in 1948 as the world’s first global environmental organization
  • Today the largest professional global conservation network
  • A leading authority on the environment and sustainable development
  • More than 1,200 member organizations including 200+ government and 900+ non-government organizations
  • Almost 11,000 voluntary scientists and experts, grouped in six Commissions, in some 160 countries
  • IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. The Union’s headquarters are located in Gland, near Geneva, in Switzerland.
  • A neutral forum for governments, NGOs, scientists, business and local communities to find pragmatic solutions to conservation and development challenges
  • Thousands of field projects and activities around the world
  • Governance by a Council elected by member organizations every four years at the IUCN World Conservation Congress
  • Funded by governments, bilateral and multilateral agencies, foundations, member organizations and corporations
  • Official Observer Status at the United Nations General Assembly

IUCN’s Global Marine and Polar Programme was founded more than twenty years ago and has unique niche due to its worldwide position that is defined by its “Union” approach to conservation. GMPP is a team of staff (marine professionals in 10 countries working at various levels–from local fishermen and decision-makers,  right up to the United Nations General Assembly) and is committed to effectively addressing key global challenges in the marine and polar environment. GMPP cooperates with other IUCN thematic and regional programmes, and with the IUCN Commissions, to ensure that marine and polar ecosystems are maintained and restored in their biodiversity and productivity, and that any use of the resources is sustainable and equitable. GMPP also works in partnership with a variety of corporations from the private sector on themes such as tourism, offshore renewable energy and minimizing the environmental impacts from coastal oil and gas operations.



Carl Gustaf Lundin Global Marine and Polar Programme International Union for the Conservation of Nature
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Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands


Paul Hoetjes Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands
Home National Office for the Caribbean Netherlands Visiting address: Kaya International z/n, Kralendijk, Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands Mailing address: P.O.Box 357, Kralendijk, Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands Bonaire Caribbean Netherlands (+599) 715 83 08 Website

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them. From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product.

NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it. NOAA maintains a presence in every state and has emerged as an international leader on scientific and environmental matters. NOAA’s mission touches the lives of every American and we are proud of our role in protecting life and property and conserving and protecting natural resources. I hope you will explore NOAA and how our products and services can enrich your own life.

The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) is a partnership between the NOAA Line Offices that work on coral reef issues: the National Ocean Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, and the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service. The CRCP brings together expertise from across NOAA for a multidisciplinary approach to managing and understanding coral reef ecosystems.

The US Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) was established in 1998 by Executive Order 13089 to lead and coordinate US efforts to address the threats facing coral reefs. NOAA and the Department of the Interior serve as co-chairs of the USCRTF, which includes the heads of twelve federal agencies and the governors of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. The leaders of the Freely Associated States (Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau) also participate as non-voting members. Through the coordinated efforts of its members, the USCRTF has helped build and lead US efforts to protect, restore and sustainably use the nation’s valuable coral reef ecosystems.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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U.S. Department of State

Shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world and foster conditions for stability and progress for the benefit of the American people and people everywhere.

–From the FY 2011 Agency Financial Report, released November 2011


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United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP works to encourage partnerships that care for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life while safeguarding that of future generations. The Coral Reef Unit, based in Bangkok, Thailand, coordinates all of  UNEP’s coral reef-related initiatives.


Jerker Tamelander Coral Reef Unit United Nations Environment Programme
Work Freshwater and Marine Ecosystems Branch, Suite 506 UN, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue Bangkok 10200 Thailand +66 2 288 1099 +66 2 281 2428 UNEP Coral Reef Unit

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s charge is to protect the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the World Heritage Area by striving to ensure all human uses of the Park are ecologically sustainable and that the ecosystem’s natural functions, especially resilience, are maintained. GBRMPA performs is responsibilities significantly through partnerships and links to public communities through local marine advisory committees, Reef Guardian programs and publications. The Queensland Government is a key partner in delivering the operational management of the Marine Park through its environment and fisheries portfolios. The head of the Queensland Premier’s Department is a member of the Marine Park Authority Board.

More information on GBRMPA is available on its website. GBRMPA currently hosts the current ICRI Secretariat, in partnership with the Government of Belize, and its has served as a long-standing partner of the GCRMN.


Anne Caillaud Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority


IFRECOR is France’s national initiative to protect coral reef ecosystems and the communities that depend upon them.



Japan Ministry of the Environment


Naoki Amako Japan Ministry of the Environment

Le Criobe


Serge Planes Le Criobe


PERSGA, the Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, is an intergovernmental body dedicated to the conservation of the coastal and marine environments found in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aqaba, Gulf of Suez, Suez Canal, and Gulf of Aden surrounding the Socotra Archipelago and nearby waters. PERSGA’s member states include: Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

PERSGA’s legal basis stems from Article XVI of the Regional Convention for the Conservation of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, known as the Jeddah Convention, signed in 1982: “A Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Environment, the permanent headquarters of which shall be located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is hereby established”. It was not until September 1995, however, with the signing of the Cairo Declaration during the First Council Meeting in Egypt, that PERSGA’s creation was formally announced. Falling under the umbrella of the Arab League, PERSGA has since become recognized as one of the leading marine conservation organizations operating in the Red Sea region.


Maher Amer PERSGA

Reef and Rainforest Research Centre


David Souter Reef and Rainforest Research Centre

Reef Check Foundation

Reef Check is a global environmental group established to facilitate community education, monitoring and management of coral reefs. Reef Check is active in more than 70 coral reef countries and territories, where it seeks to: educate the public about the coral reef crisis and how to prevent it; create a global network of volunteer teams that regularly monitor and report on reef health under the supervision of scientists; scientifically investigate coral reef processes; facilitate collaboration among academics, NGOs, governments and the private sector to solve coral reef problems; and stimulate community action to protect remaining pristine reefs and rehabilitate damaged reefs worldwide using ecologically sound and economically sustainable solutions. Under the ICRI framework, Reef Check is a primary GCRMN partner and coordinates GCRMN training programs in ecological and socioeconomic monitoring, and coral reef management throughout the world.


Dr. Gregor Hodgson Executive Director, Reef Check Foundation Reef Check Foundation
Work P.O. Box 1057 (mail), 17575 Pacific Coast Highway (Fedex) Pacific Palisades CA 902720-1057 United States 310-230-2371 310-230-2376

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)


Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

SPAW Protocol

The Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region (the Cartagena Convention) is a legally binding environmental treaty for the Wider Caribbean Region. The Convention and its Protocols constitute a legal commitment by the participating governments to protect, develop and manage their coastal and marine resources individually or jointly.

The Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (the SPAW Protocol) has been internationally recognised as the most comprehensive treaty of its kind. Adopted in Kingston, Jamaica by the member governments of the Caribbean Environment Programme on 18 January 1990, the SPAW Protocol preceded other international environmental agreements in utilizing an ecosystem approach to conservation. The Protocol acts as a vehicle to assist with regional implementation of the broader and more demanding global Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

The objective of the Protocol is to protect rare and fragile ecosystems and habitats, thereby protecting the endangered and threatened species residing therein. The Caribbean Regional Co-ordinating Unit pursues this objective by assisting with the establishment and proper management of protected areas, by promoting sustainable management (and use) of species to prevent their endangerment and by providing assistance to the governments of the region in conserving their coastal ecosystems.

The SPAW Protocol has graciously supported the GCRMN in 2012 to assist with production of the Caribbean Synthesis Report.


Hélène Souan SPAW Protocol
Home Director of the Regional Activity Center for Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (RAC-SPAW) Parc national de Guadeloupe, chemin des Bougainvilliers 97100 Basse-Terre Guadeloupe French West Indies 0590 (0) 5 90 80 14 99 SPAW Protocol

The Convention on Biological Diversity

The Convention on Biological Diversity entered into force on 29 December 1993 and was inspired by the world community’s growing commitment to sustainable development.  The CBD represents a dramatic step forward in the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources. The first session of the Conference of the Parties was held 28 November – 9 December 1994 in the Bahamas.

The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, held from 18 to 29 October 2010, in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, adopted a revised and updated Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, including the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, for the 2011-2020 period. Examples of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets include:

  • At least halve and, where feasible, bring close to zero the rate of loss of natural habitats, including forests
  • Establish a conservation target of 17% of terrestrial and inland water areas and 10% of marine and coastal areas
  • Restore at least 15% of degraded areas through conservation and restoration activities
  • Make special efforts to reduce the pressures faced by coral reefs.


The Convention on Biological Diversity
CBD Website

The World Resources Institute

The World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global environmental think tank that goes beyond research to put ideas into action. WRI has over 50 active projects working on aspects of global climate change, sustainable markets, ecosystem protection, and environmentally responsible governance. For coral reefs, WRI has served as a critical GCRMN partner and has led the development and updating the “Reefs At Risk” initiative globally, for specific regions and for GCRMN reporting.


Lauretta Burke The World Resources Institute
Work World Resources Institute 10 G Street, NE (Suite 800) Washington DC 20002 USA 1 202-729-7600 1 202-729-7610 Reefs at Risk WRI Main Page

The WorldFish Centre

WorldFish, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, is an international, nonprofit research organization. CGIAR is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future. CGIAR research is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition, and ensuring more sustainable management of natural resources. It is carried out by the 15 centers who are members of the CGIAR Consortium in close collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, and the private sector.

WorldFish is committed to meeting two key development challenges: 1) improving the livelihoods of those who are especially poor and vulnerable in places where fisheries and aquaculture can make a difference and 2) achieving large scale, environmentally sustainable, increases in supply and access to fish at affordable prices for poor consumers in developing countries.


Stanley Tan The WorldFish Centre



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