The main activities of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) are the preparation of regional periodic assessments which draw on monitoring, research and other data, and the establishment of regional GCRMN committees which, where possible draw on existing nodes and are linked to existing Regional Seas mechanisms. These activities provide a foundation for other activities and outputs.
The approach piloted in the Caribbean 2012-2014 provides the blueprint for this;
- The regional assessment report provides a scientific foundation for the identification of recommended minimum standards for monitoring indicators and methods, as well as actionable recommendations for coral reef policy and management. The regional reports and associated committees provide a basis for the development of more synthetic global reports.
- The process of developing the regional report also supports the establishment of regional networks of sites and institutions that commit to applying minimum standards during ongoing monitoring.
- Where possible the development of regional reports may utilize opportunities provided by ongoing and planned regional initiatives and projects. This also enables the GCRMN to pursue two or more regional processes concurrently.
At the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) general meeting (held in Japan in October 2014), a GCRMN Working Group was held to discuss;
- The GCRMN primary purpose and objectives;
- The main GCRMN activities working towards achieving its objectives;
- The needs and requirements in terms of coordination, scientific direction and strengthening of the network;
- and follow-up actions.