MSC Foundation, IUCN Work To Conserve Coral Reefs

The MSC Foundation and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have announced a new partnership to conserve and restore threatened coral reefs. The announcement was made during Monaco Ocean Week, an event that brings experts and leaders from across the marine conservation community together to discuss key challenges facing the world’s oceans.

The MSC Foundation’s support will enable the completion of the comprehensive global assessment of the world’s coral species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. The Global Coral Biodiversity Assessment project aims to deliver concrete, actionable restoration plans for coral reefs, as well as the threatened species populating them.

The project will include identifying the most threatened species of coral and areas of reef; prioritizing conservation and restoration actions based on the threats they face; and reporting the contribution that conserving these ecosystems makes to achieving the targets in the UN Global Biodiversity Framework.

The partnership will also contribute to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

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