the International Coral Reef Action Network, is a strategic alliance
working to halt and reverse the declining health of the world's
coral reefs through initiating and carrying out management activities.
Through its global network of demonstration sites in the Caribbean,
Eastern Africa, South East Asia and the South Pacific, ICRAN is
implementing a globally co-ordinated effort to improve coral reef
management and positively impact the lives of local communities.
Further sites are also being developed in the Arabian Seas and South
ICRAN operates by sharing
and building on traditional knowledge, current research and the
lessons of practical experiences to strengthen reef management through
peer-to-peer communication. Experiences are shared between sites
and regions and replicated or modified to capture the unique characteristics
of each area.
The ICRAN strategy addresses
most of the local causes of degradation of the coral reef environment
and includes all stakeholders and local communities in the management
This holistic approach
to reef management - including alternative livelihoods, training,
capacity building, and the exchange of current scientific, economic,
and social information - serves not only to ensure the future of
these valuable ecosystems, but also to ensure the future of the
communities that the coral reefs sustain.
ICRAN is one of the operational
networks of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), www.icriforum.org.