We encourage countries and organizations to nominate a key point of contact (or focal point) to facilitate participation in the International Year of the Reef. Focal point activities are critical to ensure all potential IYOR participants are engaged and active.
Barbados, Coastal Zone Management Unit
The Coastal Zone Management Unit (CZMU) of Barbados, which was established in 1996, was developed from the original Coastal Conservation Project Unit created in 1983. Since 1983 we have sought to create one of the preeminent coastal zone management institutions in the Caribbean.
The Brazilian Ministry of the Environment (MMA) was established in 1992. It’s mission is to promote the adoption of principles and strategies for the protection and restoration of the environment; for the sustainable use of natural resources; for the valuing of environmental services; and for the inclusion of sustainable them in the Brazilian agenda.
British Indian Ocean Territory
The British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) is one of 14 British Overseas Territories. There is no permanent population in BIOT, but Diego Garcia, the largest of the 58 islands hosts a joint UK-US military facility.
CNMI Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality- Division of Coastal Resources Management (CNMI Coral Reef Initiative Program)
The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Island’s (CNMI) Division of Coastal Resources Management (DCRM) was established on February 11, 1983 by Public Law 3-47 within the Office of the Governor, and reorganized under the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality (BECQ) under the Governor’s Executive Order 2013-24.
Coral Reef Advisory Group (CRAG), American Samoa
The governor’s Coral Reef Advisory Group (CRAG) coordinates American Samoa’s coral reef management efforts and activities in collaboration with five different agencies (local and federal) focused on the vision “to protect and conserve reefs”.
Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is responsible for safeguarding the United Kingdom’s natural environment, supporting the UK’s world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy.
Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Thailand
The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) undertakes resource management of marine and coastal flora and fauna including mangrove forests, coral reefs, seagrass beds as well as endangered marine species, through conservation and rehabilitation initiatives.
Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, Puerto Rico
The Coral Reef Conservation and Management Program within Puerto Rico’s Department of Natural and Environmental Resources was established in 1999 in order to conserve, manage, and protect coral reef ecosystems, and has run a coral reef monitoring program since its inception.
Initiated in March 1999 under the Prime Minister’s decision, IFRECOR’s vocation is to promote the protection and sustainable management of coral reefs and their associated ecosystems, seagrasses and mangroves, of major importance to the 10 concerned overseas territories.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is an immense archipelago of 3,000 individual coral reefs, deep shoals, seagrasses and mangrove systems […]
Guam Year of the Reef 2018 launched with a Proclamation signing on February 2nd by the Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio.
Institute of Marine Affairs, Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago’s Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) is a multi-disciplinary marine science research organisation.
The Ministry of the Environment works on environmental problems in collaboration with citizens, businesses and local governments in Japan together with other countries throughout the world.
Maldives Marine Research Centre
The Marine Research Centre (MRC) of the Maldives, founded in 1984, is the research arm of the Ministry of Fisheries […]
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States of America)
NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is the primary government agency in the Philippines that is responsible for […]
Principality of Monaco
The Scientific Centre of Monaco (CSM) was founded in 1960 at the request of Prince Rainier III, Prince of Monaco. Dedicated […]
Convention on Biological Diversity
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was opened for signature on 5 June 1992 at the UN Conference on Environment […]
Indian Ocean Commission
The Biodiversity Programme, implemented by the Indian Ocean Commission and funded by the European Union, aims to strengthen national and regional capacities – at all levels – in managing coastal, marine and island-specific biodiversity resources and ecosystems to ensure their conservation and to promote the sustainable use of these resources for the benefit of the population.
Mesoamerican (MAR) Reef Fund
In early 2004, recognising the need for a regional funding and coordination institution, representatives from conservation funds in each country of the Mesoamerican region (Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico) initiated the Mesoamerican Reef Fund (MAR Fund).
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has been charged by the governments and administrations of the Pacific region with the protection and management of the environment and natural resources of the Pacific.
UN Environment – Caribbean Environment Programme
The UN Environment established the Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) in 1981 as one of its Regional Seas Programmes in recognition of the importance and value of the Wider Caribbean Region’s fragile and vulnerable coastal and marine ecosystemsincluding endemic plants and animals.
United Nations Environment
The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
ANGARI Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation established in 2016 and headquartered in West Palm Beach, FL.
Blue finance develops innovative investment mechanisms to improve the management of coral reef ecosystems. A suite of initiatives is being developed […]
Blue Ventures develops transformative approaches for catalysing and sustaining locally led marine conservation. They work in places where the ocean […]
Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI)
CCMI’s mission is to sustain marine biodiversity through research, education, outreach, and conservation.
Coastal Oceans Research and Development in the Indian Ocean (CORDIO)
Coastal Oceans Research and Development – Indian Ocean (CORDIO) East Africa is a research-based marine conservation organisation which specialises in […]
Coordination group for International Year of the Reef activities in Germany
Group of teaching and research institutions, museums, diving associations supporting the goals of the International Year of the Reef to […]
Coral Cay Conservation (CCC)
Coral Cay Conservation (CCC) is a UK-based NGO, established in 1986, that focuses on the protection, management and restoration of […]
Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL)
Working with people around the world—from fishermen to government leaders, divers to scientists, Californians to Fijians—the Coral Reef Alliance protects our […]
Coral Triangle initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF)
The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI -CFF) is a multilateral partnership of six countries: […]
Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)
Led by the Presidents of Palau, Seychelles and Marshall Islands with the Prime Minister of Grenada and Premier of the […]
Google Earth Outreach
Google Earth Outreach empowers everyone to create positive change in the world with Geo products and data. Their mission in […]
Green Fins is an initiative that was originally initiated by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) under the Regional Seas programme as part of the effort to increase public awareness and management practices that will benefit the conservation of coral reefs and reduce unsustainable tourism practices.
GRID-Arendal was established in 1989 to support environmentally sustainable development by working with UN Environment and other partners. We communicate […]
Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative
Healthy Reefs for Healthy People (HRI) is a globally unique international collaboration among reef research, management and conservation institutions dedicated […]
Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense
Founded in 1998, the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA) uses the law to protect the environment and communities suffering […]
International Society for Reef Studies
The International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) was founded in 1980 and is the principal learned society to which reef scientists and managers from across the world belong.
Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation
The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is a non-profit environmental science organisation and ocean research foundation established to help preserve, protect […]
The Mirpuri Foundation was established by President Paulo Mirpuri with the commitment to make the world a better place for […]
Ocean and Climate Initiatives Alliance
The Ocean and Climate Initiatives Alliance (OCIA) was launched on 22nd February 2017, with the support of the Ocean and Climate Platform, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) and the Government of France.
Reef Check Australia
Reef Check Australia is a citizen science organisation. Its primary purpose is to facilitate public participation in meaningful marine monitoring. It empowers individuals and communities to support sustainable healthy reefs.
Reef Check Foundation
Founded in 1996, the Reef Check Foundation exists to help preserve the oceans and reefs which are critical to our survival, yet are being destroyed. With headquarters in Los Angeles and volunteer teams in more than 90 countries and territories, Reef Check works to protect tropical coral reefs and California rocky reefs through education, research and conservation.
Reef Check Malaysia
Reef Check Malaysia focuses on four main programmes which complement each other to promote improved coral reef management in Malaysia, leading to long term conservation outcomes.
Reef Check, Dominican Republic
Reef Check Dominican Republic joins strategic local partners to achieve a common goal: to protect coral reefs and their associated species.
Reef Check, Germany
Reef Check is the largest international program of scuba divers and marine scientists. The main objectives of Reef Check are: […]
Reef Environmental Education Foundation
REEF conserves marine environments worldwide. Our mission is to protect biodiversity and ocean life by actively engaging and inspiring the public through citizen science, education, and partnerships with the scientific community.
Reef Restoration Foundation
Reef Restoration Foundation (RRF) is a not for profit social enterprise that is establishing a series of offshore coral nurseries throughout the Great Barrier Reef to accelerate the recovery of damaged high value reefs and strengthen resilience to future bleaching events.
Roatan Marine Park, Honduras
OUR MISSION Inspire, educate, and empower communities and visitors to conserve and protect marine environments for the benefit of all. […]
Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute (SDMRI)
Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute (SDMRI) is a Marine Research and Higher Education organization. The founders of SDMRI are well […]
The Great Barrier Reef Foundation
The Great Barrier Reef Foundation is the lead charity for the Great Barrier Reef, raising funds and creating exceptional strategic […]
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organisation which believes in creating a world where people and nature thrive.
The Reef-World Foundation
The Reef-World Foundation is a UK registered charity operating internationally to support governments and communities in sustainable consumption and production of coastal resources and marine life.
University of Sydney
Since our inception, we have believed in education for all and leadership that makes lives better. The same values continue […]
Wildlife Conservation Society
WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. To achieve […]
World Underwater Federation (Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques, CMAS)
The World Underwater Federation (Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques, CMAS) was founded in 1959 and by now it comprises over 130 federations from 5 continents. In addition to organizing international underwater sport events it is at the forefront of technical and scientific research to bring into focus the important issues related to the freshwater and marine underwater world.
World Wide Fund For Nature
WWF’s oceans work focuses on healthy and resilient marine ecosystems that support abundant biodiversity, sustainable livelihoods, and thriving economies.