The International Coral Reef Action Network
The International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN), established in 2000, ICRAN is an innovative and dynamic global programme that focuses on strengthening the capacity of communities to manage their tropical marine resources through monitoring, education and public awareness and its activities are coordinated through the Regional Seas Programme.
Made up of some of the world's leading coral reef scientists and conservation groups, ICRAN partners have created a globally integrated action plan to manage and protect coral reefs, based on recommendations from the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI). ICRAN responds to global conservation needs by recognizing both traditional and scientific perspectives of coral reef dynamics and respective social dependency.
It seeks to put financial mechanisms in place that support and sustain direct on-the-ground action throughout the world's coral reef regions. ICRAN is being implemented in several of the Regional Seas: Eastern Africa, East Asia, Pacific and the Wider Caribbean regions.
Its expansion to the SAS region was announced at the WSSD in 2002 and was endorsed at the Special Session of the Governing Council of South Asian Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) in January 2003. Currently ICRAN and SACEP are jointly producing a status report on coral reef management in the region and a proposal for improved site-based coral reef management.
ICRAN is also trying to expand in the ROPME Sea Area and the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden region.