Coral Reef

Green Fins

  The East Asian Seas harbour more than a third of the world’s coral reefs and contain the highest coral reef biodiversity in the world.… Read More »Green Fins

Coral Reefs are vital ecosystems. They shelter a vast amount of marine biodiversity and sustain millions of people through the services they provide: fishing, tourism and protection from erosion and storm surges. Unfortunately reefs worldwide are under tremendous pressure and are struggling to survive. Climate change, destructive fishing practices, river run-off, marine pollution and poorly managed tourism are among the major contributors to their decline.

The Coral Reef Fund provides opportunities for individuals and organisations interested in the health of coral reefs to give funds that will affect positive changes on the reefs and in the attitudes of people who use and enjoy them. ICRAN projects emphasise a holistic approach – including sustainable natural resource usage, economic needs, training, capacity building, and the exchange of traditional knowledge and scientific research. Providing support to the Coral Reef Fund will enable ICRAN to continue and strengthen sustainable coral reef conservation activities.

Lessons Learned

Communication and the coordination of knowledge and information, facilitating access to up-to-date information and data, and the exchange of tried and tested methodologies and successes… Read More »Lessons Learned

Contact Information

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ICRAN is an innovative and dynamic network of many of the world’s leading coral reef science and conservation organisations. The network consolidates technical and scientific expertise in reef monitoring and management to create strategically linked actions across local, national and global scales. ICRAN is thus the first alliance to respond to conservation needs at the global scale by recognising both traditional and scientific perspectives of coral reef dynamics and respective social dependency. It seeks to put mechanisms in place that support the translation of findings into direct on-the-ground action throughout the world’s major coral reef regions.

© Terri Young 2006 HogaICRAN has been working to build resource stewardship within communities by providing opportunities to develop the skills and tools needed to ensure the sustainable use, and the long-term vitality of coral reefs. Actions include alternative livelihoods, training, capacity-building, and the exchange and application of traditional knowledge, and current scientific, economic and social information.

ICRAN recognises the traditional, scientific and social aspects of coral reef management and conservation, and seeks to develop innovative and inclusive actions that respond to the global challenge and that build local capacity for sustained marine and coastal resource management.

ICRAN was established in 2000 with a historic grant from the United Nations Foundation (UNF). Formed in response to a Call to Action by the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), ICRAN supports the implementation, and regular review of ICRI’s Framework for Action.

Fast Facts

Coral reefs are among the oldest ecosystems on Earth. Coral reefs are the largest living structure on the planet, and the only living structure to… Read More »Fast Facts