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Status of Coral Reefs of the World Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) 2020 Report

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#ForCoral #WorldCoralReefStatus #GCRMN

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ABOUT THIS TOOLKIT

The content and information within this social media pack is designed to support the publication of the Sixth Edition of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) Status of Coral Reefs of the World report and amplification of its key findings.

The report is under strict embargo until Tuesday 5th October, 2021 at 00:01 GMT.

Assets, documents and social media posts related to the report should not be shared publicly until the embargo lifts.

The web address for the report and Press Release will be added to this pack shortly before release.

About the Report

The principal outputs of the GCRMN have been periodic global and regional assessments of the status and trends of coral reef ecosystems. However, the last report was released in 2008 creating a significant gap in contemporary understanding of global status and trends in coral reefs.

The GCRMN is releasing its sixth edition of its flagship product: The Status of Coral Reefs of the World during a virtual launch event on Tuesday 05th October 2021, 12:30 – 13:45 CEST.

The release coincides with key upcoming biodiversity and climate change meetings, namely the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP15) and the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), to provide decision makers with the best available scientific information on the status and trends of coral reef ecosystems for their conservation and management.

The report demonstrates that key indicators of coral reef health and condition, that are recommended by ICRI for inclusion in the new Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, are feasible and provide really important information for decision making.

The Report in Numbers

The Status of the World Coral Reefs 2020 report:

  • Is the first in 13 years
  • Examines the status of the world's coral reefs over the last 40 years
  • Represents the work of more than 300 scientists from the global scientific community
  • Is founded on a global dataset comprised of almost 2 million observations
  • In 73 countries
  • Across 10 GCRMN regions

Key Report Findings

  • Around 14% of the world's coral died in a nine-year period between 2009 and 2018 and in the last 10 years, algae on reefs has increased by about 20% - a clear sign of reef stress and decline.
  • Coral reefs across the world are under relentless stress from warming and acidification caused by climate change.
  • Although the rate and extent of coral decline is severe, there are signs that some coral reefs can recover if left undisturbed. Immediate and drastic action to reduce CO2 emissions will help more coral to recover and survive into the future.
  • During the last decade, the interval between mass coral bleaching events has been insufficient to allow coral reefs to recover, although some recovery was observed in 2019 with the world’s coral reefs regaining 2% of the coral cover that was previously lost.

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Join the #WorldCoralReefStatus online conversation to share your coral reef stories and help amplify the findings of the new #GCRMN report

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#ForCoral #WorldCoralReefStatus #GCRMN

Secondary Hashtags

#CoralReefs #COP15 #Post2020 #COP26 #TogetherForOurPlanet #Biodiversity #OceanClimateAction #ClimateReport #OceanDecade #OceanScience #GenerationRestoration #Agenda2030 #SDG14 #ListenToTheOcean

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SELECTED AUTHORS

Dr David Souter: Chief Research Officer, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville. Global Coordinator Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network @aims_gov_au

Dr Serge Planes: Research Director, French National Centre for Scientific Research @criobe_pf @CNRS

Dr Murray Logan: Ecological Statistician, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville @aims_gov_au

Dr David Obura: Director, CORDIO East Africa and GOOS Biology and Ecosystems Panel @dobura @cordioea

Jérémy Wicquart: PhD Student at @criobe_pf @JeremyWicquart

Francis Staub: Coordinator International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat @ICRI_Coral_Reef

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SUGGESTED SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS

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GCRMN 2020 REPORT LAUNCH

Released today: The 6th Edition of the #GCRMN #WorldCoralReefStatus report is the largest analysis of coral reef health ever undertaken #WorldCoralReefStatus https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report #ForCoral #CoralReefs

Out Today: New #GCRMN report produced by @ICRI_Coral_Reef and @aims_gov_au documents the loss of 14% of the world’s coral since 2009; some show resilience offering hope for recovery #ForCoral #WorldCoralReefStatus #ListenToTheOcean https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

OUT NOW: New #GCRMN #WorldCoralReefStatus report examines the status of and trends in the world’s #CoralReefs over the last 40 years including the effect of the mass #CoralBleaching event of 1998 #ClimateAction #ForCoral #COP26 https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

#PRESSRELEASE: #CoralReefs are under severe stress from #ClimateChange but signs of resilient reefs provide hope for their future #WorldCoralReefStatus #ForCoral #OceanOptimism https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

#PRESSRELEASE: New #GCRMN #WorldCoralReefStatus report is the largest analysis of the status and trends of the world’s #CoralReefs since 2008 #ClimateAction #ForCoral #post2020 [Insert Link]

ABOUT THE REPORT

Status of #CoralReefs of the World 2020 report in numbers: ➡️300 scientists and orgs ➡️12,000 sites ➡️73 countries ➡️10 #GCRMN regions #WorldCoralReefStatus #ForCoral 👉 https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

New #GCRMN #WorldCoralReefStatus report outlines emerging priorities and actions to ensure the next decade makes critical progress in sustaining and protecting #CoralReefs and the benefits they provide #ForPeople #ForNature #ForCoral #post2020 https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

New #GCRMN #WorldCoralReefStatus report supports the delivery of global targets for #biodiversity conservation, sustainable use, and equitable development #SDG14 #Agenda2030 #COP26 #COP15 #ForCoral https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

QUOTES

“At the upcoming climate conference in Glasgow and biodiversity conference in Kunming, decision-makers have an opportunity to show leadership and save our reefs, but only if they are willing to take bold steps.” @andersen_inger @UNEP #WorldCoralReefStatus https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

“We know that solutions exist that will help us to protect the corals more effectively ...” Prince Albert II of Monaco @FPA2 comments in new #WorldCoralReefStatus report #PressRelease #ForCoral https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

STATUS & TRENDS

GLOBAL

New #GCRMN #WorldCoralReefStatus report shows that Large-scale #CoralBleaching events caused by elevated sea surface temperatures are the greatest disturbance to the world’s #CoralReefs. #ClimateReport #ClimateAction #ForCoral https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

New #GCRMN #WorldCoralReefStatus report FACT: The cover of algae on the world’s #CoralReefs is 20% greater in 2019 than in 2010 - a clear sign of reef stress and decline. #ClimateAction #ForCoral https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

New #GCRMN #WorldCoralReefStatus report FACT: Almost invariably, sharp declines in coral cover corresponded with rapid increases in sea surface temperatures #COP26 #ListenToTheOcean #ClimateAction #ForCoral https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

New #GCRMN #WorldCoralReefStatus report FACT: The world has lost around 14% of its corals since 2009. This represents about 11,700 km2 of coral – an area nearly 75 times the size of #Glasgow #ClimateAction #ForCoral #COP26 https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report @Glasgow_Live

New #GCRMN #WorldCoralReefStatus report FACT: Sharp declines in global coral cover aligned with rapid changes in sea surface temperatures, indicates that corals are likely to decline further as global temperatures continue to rise #COP26 #ForCoral https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

Why worry about the loss of #CoralReefs? Humans and corals are inextricably linked. They are the backbone of the ocean that supports all life on Earth. #TogetherForOurPlanet #ForCoral #ForPeople #ForNature #GCRMN #WorldCoralReefStatus https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

Visualize the #WorldCoralReefStatus with @UNEP’s dynamic data visualization of the @ICRI_Coral_Reef #GCRMN report findings here: https://unep-corals.vercel.app/ #DataVisualisation #DataViz #BigData #ForCoral #LifeBelowWater

#GCRMN REGIONS

SUGGESTED REGIONAL SOCIAL POSTS

Tag #GCRMN coordinators and organisations in your posts

The new #WorldCoralReefStatus 2020 report would not have been possible without extensive collaboration with a network of Regional Coordinators and coordinating organisations across the 10 #GCRMN regions #ForCoral https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

#WorldCoralReefStatus FACT: Since 2010, almost all #GCRMN regions experienced coral loss with the @ROPME Sea Area (around the Arabian Peninsula), South Asia, Australia and the Pacific showing the greatest declines #ForCoral https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

New #GCRMN #WorldCoralReefStatus report reveals that the greatest declines in average hard coral cover were recorded in the #ROPMESea Area: Bahrain, I.R.Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates #ForCoral https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

#WorldCoralReefStatus Fact: Despite some declines in hard coral during the last decade, on average coral reefs in East Asia’s Coral Triangle have more coral today than in 1983 when the first data from this region were collected #ForCoral https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

New #GCRMN #WorldCoralReefStatus report shows that the greatest impacts of the 1998 mass bleaching event were seen in the Indian Ocean, Japan and the Caribbean #CoralReefs #ClimateAction #ForCoral https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

MESSAGES OF HOPE

It’s not all doom and gloom! #CoralReefs in the East Asia region illustrate some capacity of corals to resist global thermal stress to date. #OceanOptimism #Resilience #ForCoral #GCRMN #WorldCoralReefStatus https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

New #GCRMN #WorldCoralReefStatus report sends a message of hope ahead of #COP26: It is possible to reverse the loss of #CoralReefs. We can turn the tide but it does require immediate action. Our survival depends on it #post2020 #ClimateAction #ForCoral https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

#CoralReefs can recover from mass bleaching events. In 2019, 2% of coral cover was regained due to a relatively stress-free period and longer gap between bleachings. #GCRMN #WorldCoralReefStatus #OceanOptimism #ClimateAction #ForCoral https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

#CoralReefs are dying. The window to act for a #HealthyOcean is closing. Immediate action is required #ForNature #ForPeople #ForCoral #TogetherForThePlanet #GCRMN #WorldCoralReefStatus #OceanOptimism #ClimateAction https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

New #GCRMN report demonstrates that key indicators of coral reef health and condition that are recommended by @ICRI_Coral_Reef for inclusion in the new #Post2020 Global #Biodiversity Framework are feasible #ForCoral https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

New #GCRMN report demonstrates that key indicators of coral reef health and condition that are recommended by @ICRI_Coral_Reef for inclusion in the new #Post2020 Global #Biodiversity Framework provide key information for decision making #ForCoral https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

New #GCRMN report provides baselines for key indicators of coral reef health and condition that have been recommended by @ICRI_Coral_Reef for inclusion in the #Post2020 Global #Biodiversity Framework #ForCoral https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

New #GCRMN report demonstrates that there are existing mechanisms and capacity to deliver key coral reef indicators as recommended by @ICRI_Coral_Reef for inclusion in the #Post2020 Global #Biodiversity Framework #ForCoral https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

INSTAGRAM

Coral reefs are under severe stress from #ClimateChange but signs of resilient reefs provide hope for their future.

The new #GCRMN Status of Coral Reefs of the World report, released today, outlines emerging priorities and actions to ensure the next decade makes critical progress in sustaining and protecting #CoralReefs and the benefits they provide #ForPeople #ForNature #ForCoral #post2020.

Check the link in our bio to read the press release and download the report.

#WorldCoralReefStatus

- #COP26 #TogetherForOurPlanet -

#Biodiversity #OceanClimateAction #ClimateReport #OceanDecade #OceanScience #GenerationRestoration #Agenda2030 #SDG14 #ListenToTheOcean

Tag: @cop26uk @unbiodiveristy @gbrmarinepark @unoceandecade @unep @oceanpanel

FACEBOOK

New report on the Status of Coral Reefs of the World sends a message of hope ahead of the UN Climate Conference #COP26:

It is possible to reverse the loss of #CoralReefs. We can turn the tide but it does require immediate action. Our survival depends on it.

#ForCoral #post2020 #ClimateAction New #GCRMN #WorldCoralReefStatus

https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

LINKEDIN

SUGGESTED LINKEDIN POST #1

The new GCRMN report on the Status of Coral Reefs of the World highlights how government agencies can conserve and protect coral reefs through the #post2020 Global #Biodiversity Framework.

The message is clear: Coral reefs are under severe stress from climate change but signs of resilient reefs provide hope for their future. We can turn the tide but it does require immediate action.

https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

#ClimateChange #ClimateAction #ForCoral #COP26 #CoralReefs #WorldCoralReefStatus #post2020 #biodiversity

SUGGESTED LINKEDIN POST #2

New report launching ahead of COP26 is the largest analysis of global coral reef health ever undertaken. The report draws on data spanning 40 years and 73 countries and provides the most detailed scientific picture to date of the toll elevated temperatures have taken on reefs.

Read more: https://bit.ly/GCRMN-2020-report

#ClimateChange #ClimateAction #ForCoral #COP26 #CoralReefs #WorldCoralReefStatus

RESOURCES

UNEP has created a dynamic data visualization that distills the report findings for non-scientists in all UN languages, plus Portuguese, Bahasa Indonesia and Swahili with an aim to: generating increased media coverage in regions; getting coverage in more mainstream media outlets; and wider interest from the public.

This Digital Toolkit is available in English, Spanish, French, Mandarin and Arabic.

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Credits:

Created with images from The Ocean Agency Image Bank by Martin Colognoli, Tom Vierus, Mark Fitz, Umeed Mistry, Alex Mustard, Jett Brittnell, Hannes KLostermann, Matt Curnock, Tracey Jennings, and by shadi6454 - "underwater coral fish"