Protecting the Reef

The Great Barrier Reef has been protected as a World Heritage Site since 1981. It was Identified as the only natural wonder of the world that is underwater. Furthermore, the reef is home to a wealth of biodiversity. With such a great honor comes great responsibility. However, the task of protecting the reef is a difficult one due to the size of the reef and the number of visitors it receives.

What Can I Do To Help Save Coral Reefs?

The most important thing is to spread awareness of the importance of coral reefs and related ecosystems and to encourage communities, companies and governments to take steps to protect them. You may do this directly or through joining a conservation group. Either way, you can make a difference by encouraging public awareness and discussion of reef issues and by making your views known to political representatives and key decision makers in your community.

Reef Conservation Agencies

What is the International Coral Reef Initiative?

The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) is an informal partnership of governments,international organizations, non-government organizations and scientists. It was established out of concern at the degradation of coral reefs and acts as to be a catalyst to develop awareness of the need to protect reefs and to create linkages and programs to manage and conserve them.

ICRI is not a funding body but encourages donors to support the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, the International Coral Reef Information Network, and the conduct of the International Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management Symposium. At the international level, ICRI operates to ensure that the issues affecting coral reefs are raised and considered by bodies like the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development.