Sustainable coral reefs management | Submitted by Indonesia, Monaco and the Republic of Korea



The United Nations Environment Assembly,

Recalling General Assembly resolution 65/150, “Protection of coral reefs for sustainable livelihoods and development”, in which the Assembly urged States, within their national jurisdictions, and the competent international organizations, within their mandates, given the imperative for action, to take all practical steps at all levels to protect coral reefs and related ecosystems for sustainable livelihoods and development, including immediate and concerted global, regional and local action to respond to the challenges and to address the adverse impact of climate change, including through mitigation and adaptation, as well as of ocean acidification, on coral reefs and related ecosystems,

Recalling also United Nations Environment Assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme resolution 2/12 on sustainable coral reefs management noting the importance of and underlying it still needs strengthening in its implementation at the national and regional level,

Recalling further the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, entitled “The future we want”, which states “We also recognize the significant economic, social and environmental contributions of coral reefs, in particular to islands and other coastal States, as well as the significant vulnerability of coral reefs and mangroves to impacts, including from climate change, ocean acidification, overfishing, destructive fishing practices, and pollution. We support international cooperation with a view to conserving coral reef and mangrove ecosystems and realizing their social, economic and environmental benefits as well as facilitating technical collaboration and voluntary information-sharing”,

Considering Aichi Biodiversity Target 10, which aims to minimize the multiple anthropogenic pressures on coral reefs and other vulnerable ecosystems impacted by climate change or ocean acidification so as to maintain their integrity and functioning, and deeply concerned that the 2015 deadline has not been met,

Bis. Stressing, therefore, the importance of fully implementing the priority actions to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets for coral reefs, adopted on the occasion on the Conference of Parties 12 of the Convention on Biological Diversity,

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