Strategy and Approach

The GCRMN has defined about 17 different Nodes of operation across the world’s tropical oceans and seas.

The Network involves monitoring experts in each of these nodes to train trainers in participating countries, to gather data on the status and trends of coral reefs and to enhance skills and capacity. Experienced marine institutes also assist through training, data management and reporting, and help with problem solving.

Scientific Understanding

The GCRMN is working to upgrade the quality of scientific contributions to reporting through rigorous assessments region-by-region and to build a regional reporting mechanism from new data contributors, as well as historically provided contributions from Network members, through the following actions:

  1. Document quantitatively the status and trends for all routinely monitored components of coral reef ecosystems, including reef corals, macroalgae, sea urchins, other reef-dwelling species and fishes based on data provided by individual researchers, monitoring programs, the scientific literature, and reports
  2. Conduct workshops to bring together people who collected the data (i.e. data contributors and GCRMN members) to directly involve them in data analysis and synthesis, and to establish stronger links between social and economic science and biophysical monitoring
  3.  Interpret data sets collaboratively on the status and trends of coral reefs and seek practical ways in which to relate independent environmental, management, and socioeconomic data–to better understand the primary natural and anthropogenic factors driving coral reef decline and how stress may be more effectively alleviated.

Strengthening Network Communication

GCRMN will continue to communicate with the GCRMN Nodes and members through the following actions:

  • Identify, contact & communicate regularly with Network members who want to continue participating and to seek their views and identify their needs to participate in the Network
  • Follow up with GCRMN Network Nodes and members during travel and face-to-face discussion in each of the regions; identify possible mechanisms for reporting GCRMN activities through UNEP’s Regional Seas programmes, as well as disseminate findings, facilitate networking and capacity building to member governments and other regional partners through regional consultations
  • Support the independence and autonomy of GCRMN Regional Nodes and assist with global coordination to help facilitate ways and means.

Making collaborative data available to the Network and Public

GCRMN is developing an on-line information system that will allow Network members and the public to gain access to data (authorized and sanctioned by contributors), data summaries and reports.  This effort serves as a cornerstone of communication on the status and trends of coral reefs regionally and globally, although based on current GCRMN funding may require more time to achieve.


Through its partnership with IUCN, the GCRMN will continue to seek additional funding for GCRMN activities for the entire Network. The core team is working to identify and secure additional support for as many of GCRMN’s needs as possible and through ongoing communication will consult with Nodes and members to help identify future needs.

GCRMN’s Partners & Collaborators                                                          GCRMN’s Regional Network