Coral Reef Unit: The
United Nations Environment Programme www.unep.org/coral
established in December 2000 a new Coral Reef Unit that is taking
a leading role in the international effort to save the planet's
threatened coral reefs.
Coral Reef Unit is responsible for UNEP's participation in
the International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN), www.icran.org,
a unique international collaboration of important organizations
in coral reef science.
goal is to reverse the trend of global degradation of coral reefs
and to maintain the biodiversity and health of reefs through practical
action in the field.
is in the hope of ensuring the sustainability of reefs for the people
and communities whose livelihoods depend on them.
UNEPís most important partners are a broad range of Environmental
Conventions and other international governmental and non-governmental
bodies, and the Coral Reef Unit seeks to improve and promote
their collaboration on coral reefs. Efforts are also made to further
integrate these organizations with the International Coral Reef
the global coral reef policy body where UNEP is a founding member.
the Integrated Global Observing Strategy (IGOS) partnership
the Coral Reef Unit takes a lead role in the development of strategies
for improved observations of coral reefs, both from satellites and
in the field, which will support coral reef management and help
preserve coral reefs for future generations.