The world has lost 14 percent of the coral on its coral reefs since 2009 and with ever-increasing pressures from climate change, the window for protecting these ecosystems is closing rapidly. To reverse this downward trajectory, we must accelerate resources and action to stop local and global drivers of decline, and scale cost-efficient solutions to enable the survival and recovery of resilient coral reefs on a global scale.
The Coral Reef Breakthrough aims to secure the future of at least 125,000 km2 of shallow-water tropical coral reefs with investments of at least US$12 billion to support the resilience of more than half a billion people globally by 2030. It was launched last week at the 37th International Coral Reef Initiative General Meeting. The breakthrough was developed in collaboration with the UN Climate Change High-level Champions (HLCC), the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), and the Global Fund for Coral Reefs (GFCR) with support from the Government of Sweden and the Principality of Monaco.
The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, adopted at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, sets out ambitious global targets for 2030 and beyond. The Breakthrough will be aligned and enable the relevance of coral reefs under these global targets, supporting the delivery of international agreed biodiversity and climate-resilience ambitions.
The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) and the Global Fund for Coral Reefs (GFCR) are co-leading the Coral Reef Breakthrough process with the High-Level Climate Champion Team, with support from Sweden and Monaco
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