The Maldives Marine Research Institute of the Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture hosted a regional workshop of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network’s (GCRMN) South Asian Seas (SAS) Region to gather regional, long-term, coral reef monitoring data.
The workshop was held in Malé, the Republic of Maldives, from 28 to January 29th 2020, and was supported by the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), the Government of Sweden and the Principality of Monaco. The participating countries (India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives) were represented by scientists and coral reef experts engaged in the long-term coral reef monitoring programmes within their respective countries. Representatives from the South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP) also participated in the workshop. In addition, Mr Tadashi Kimura from the Japan Wildlife Research Centre and coordinator of the GCRMN Pacific node participated as a special invitee to share his experience in strengthening regional coral reef monitoring.
The aim of the workshop was to:
- To compile regional coral reef monitoring data from the South Asian Seas (SAS) Region for the Global Coral Reef Status Report to be launched in October 2020, through discussions and data shared among experts within the region.
- To facilitate dialogue between the countries in the SAS Region on increasing collaboration and corporation on conservation of coral reefs.
- To brief participating countries the format and structure of the global synthesis report which will result from the regional data call and gathering workshops organised by GCRMN.
- To facilitate dialogue between the coral reef managers and scientists on increasing collaboration and corporation in the SAS region.
Read the report here.