International Year of the Reef 2018

The International Coral Reef Initiative has declared 2018 as the third International Year of the Reef (IYOR). The initial IYOR was designated in 1997 in response to the increasing threats on coral reefs and associated ecosystems. The hope was to increase awareness of the value of and threats to coral reefs, and to promote conservation, research and management efforts on a global scale. Over 225 organizations in 50 countries and territories participated, publishing over 700 articles in papers and magazines and undertaking hundreds of scientific surveys. This effort was repeated 11 years later, when 2007 was designated as the second IYOR.

The goals of the 2018 IYOR are to:

• strengthen awareness globally about the value of, and threats to, coral reefs and associated ecosystems;
• promote management partnerships among all shareholders: government, the private sector, academia, and the local community;
• identify and implement effective management strategies for conservation, increased resiliency, and sustainable use of these ecosystems; and,
• share information on best practices in relation to sustainable coral reef management.

Below are just some of the events and activities Reef Check teams and partners around the world have scheduled to celebrate IYOR. Contact rcinfo@reefcheck.org if you would like to have your event listed.

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Barbados July 4-8 2018   2018 Dive Fest Barbados Blue divefestbarbados.com
Belize June 13-27 2018 San Pedro, Ambergris Caye Survey Trip Middlesex Community College Bedford, MA  
Colombia May 11-14 2018 Santa Marta Santa Marta Reef Check Expedition Corales de Paz http://www.coralesdepaz.org/programas/santa-marta-reef-check/
Egypt August 11 - September 22 2018 Dahab Dahab Reef Monitoring Red Sea Environmental Centre Scholarship is available- click here for details
Italy April 2018 Ancona University Chasing Coral film screening Reef Check Italy postmaster@reefcheckitalia.it
Italy April 2018 Ravenna University Chasing Coral film screening Reef Check Italy postmaster@reefcheckitalia.it
Italy April 2018 Chioggia Chasing Coral film screening Reef Check Italy postmaster@reefcheckitalia.it
Indonesia March 3 2018     Reef Check Indonesia  
Indonesia October 2018 Bangka, North Sulawesi Reef Check Italy EcoExpedition Reef Check Italy postmaster@reefcheckitalia.it
Malaysia March 3 2018 10 locations Beach Clean-ups Reef Check Malaysia www.reefcheck.org.my
Malaysia May 4-6 2018 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia International Dive Exhibition Reef Check Malaysia www.reefcheck.org.my
Malaysia September 15 2018   International Coastal Clean-Up Day Reef Check Malaysia www.reefcheck.org.my
Philippines March 2018   Community coral reef assessment training Southern Leyte University