Australian High Commissioner invites T&T to join International Coral Reef Initiative

Australian High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago John Pilbeam has invited the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to become a member of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI).

The invitation came at a meeting with Minister of Planning and Development, Camille Robinson-Regis.

The International Coral Reef Initiative is an informal partnership between Nations and organizations which strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world.

The High Commissioner highlighted the damage that has been done to the Australian Great Barrier Reef and the effects of climate change on reefs around the world including Tobago’s own Buccoo Reef.

He specified that although the Coral Reef Initiative is an informal group whose decisions are not binding on its members, its actions have been pivotal in continuing to highlight globally the importance of coral reefs and related ecosystems to environmental sustainability, food security and social and cultural wellbeing.

The work of the ICRI is regularly acknowledged in United Nations documents, highlighting the Initiative’s important cooperation, collaboration and advocacy role within the international arena.

Minister Robinson-Regis indicated that the Institute of Marine Affairs currently collects, analyses and disseminates information relating to the economic, technological, environmental, social and legal developments in marine affairs.

She also stated her willingness to bring the topic to Cabinet for a decision on joining the Initiative.

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