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INTERNATIONAL CORAL REEF INITIATIVE (ICRI) 33rd General Meeting
5-7 December 2018 – Principality of Monaco
ICRI Member’s Report
Reporting period December 2017 – November 2018
ICRI GM 33
1. Reporting on the ICRI Plan of Action 2016-2018. Your responses will help inform the Secretariat about members’ contributions toward the previous Plan of Action.
Please list any relevant examples from your organisation/country of investment/projects to protect and restore the natural infrastructure of reefs and mangroves.
Maldives Biosphere Project (implemented by Ministry of Environment and Energy): Riding on success of Baa Atoll as biosphere reserve, the project aims to establish the whole of the Maldives as a biosphere reserve. The work of the project is underway; potential core areas have been surveyed and reports compiled. Most of the core-areas identified are resort-house reefs which resorts themselves protect under purview of their lease agreement with the Ministry of Tourism. Effectively existing 120 tourist resorts in operation may be considered as a network of protected sites. These core- areas to be formally defined in the biosphere application dossier is like to represent a wide-array of marine habitats in the Maldives.
Has your organisation/country made any progress in the following areas to target anthropogenic pressures? Please give detail below. Note: If no change since your last ICRI member report, please write ‘no change’.
☒ Encourage ban of plastic microbeads in cosmetic products. (See Goal (3) 2 & See ICRI Recommendation to reduce plastic microbeads pollution in
There is a commercial aired on national television on micro plastics to raise
awareness supported by UNDP and created by local NGOs.
☒ Improve regulation and enforcement to reduce direct
anthropogenic damage due to dredging and physical alteration of reef structures. (See Goal (3) 3 & ICRI Recommendation to reduce damage due to dredging and dumping on coral reefs):
The environment law had been strengthened to reduce damages from dredging and reclamation in the Maldives in 2017. EIA Regulation gives power to the EPA to fine damages caused by ship-grounding and the likes.
(See Goal (1) 2 ICRI Recommendation for supporting investments in
the natural infrastructure of reefs and mangroves to increase climate resilience)
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