a programme for the world's coral reefs
The International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN) is an integrated and collaborative programme to halt and reverse the decline in health of the world's coral reefs. Through assessment, awareness-raising, training and demonstration projects in four Regional Seas, ICRAN will catalyse action worldwide. ICRAN is an initiative of six global organizations active in coral reef conservation and sustainable use, supported by the United Nations Foundation.
ICRAN founding partners
The ICRAN programme partners will conduct a set of inter-linked, highly complementary activities to enable the proliferation of good practices for coral reef management and conservation. Strategic on-the-ground action will be implemented through the UNEP Regional Seas Programmes in four areas (the Caribbean, South-east Asia, Eastern Africa and the South Pacific) and will be combined with assessment and information to enhance effective management of people's actions and their impacts upon coral reefs.
ICRAN is a catalytic effort that, up until now, has never been attempted on a global scale. It represents a unique collaboration with some of the most important international organizations in coral reef science and conservation. This co-ordination among key partners, who are already working towards reversing the decline of coral reefs around the world, is an attempt to combine efforts to achieve the urgent, common goal identified in the International Coral Reef Initiative “Call to Action”. The United Nations Foundation (UNF) is providing the means to carry out this crucial work. However, ICRAN is not simply a continuation of works in progress; the purpose of the Network is to accelerate and more effectively integrate key information with good management practices and increased awareness of coral reef resources.
ICRAN outcomes will be spread across in three critically important areas of activity:
Through these combined activities, demonstrate a documented improvement in management practices leading to reduced threats to coral reefs and a net increase in coral reef health.
The UN Foundation has funded the one-year
Start-up Phase to begin many of ICRAN's core activities. A Strategic
Plan is being prepared and will identify the priorities for the four-year
Action Phase - from 2001 to 2004. With initial UNF support, ICRAN aims
to create a functioning network in selected coral reef regions of the world.
ICRAN then intends to expand its global network, and seek counterpart funding
that will eventually replace and sustain its key activities.