Terms of reference for the ad hoc committee on developing a recommendation for a post-2020 coral reef target


The ad hoc committee was established by ICRI in December 2018 to follow the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework development process and to contribute on matters relating to the critical status of coral reefs and how these can be sufficiently addressed within the post-2020 framework, including the recommendation of a coral reef related target. It is anticipated that “any future target should be quantifiable and have an ambitious but realistic timeframe with a holistic view of coral reefs within the broader marine system as well as relate to the broader sustainable development agenda, with clear cross-reference to other global and regional policy instruments and commitments relevant to coral reefs.
At its last General Meeting (Townsville, December 2019), ICRI members agreed on extending the mandate of the ICRI ad hoc committee on the inclusion of a coral reef-related target in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

The updated objectives of the ad hoc committee for 2020 are to:

  1. Coordinate ICRI's contribution to the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework;
  2. Engage with relevant partners and stakeholders to develop, by 31 March 2020, a draft recommendation for a coral reef related target and an alternative; and
  3. Develop and implement a communications strategy to promote the recommended coral reef target at important international meetings and events in 2020, including the 15th COP of the CBD in Kunming, China in October 2020.

ICRI resolutions relating to the ad hoc committee


Co-Chairs: ICRI Secretariat, Monaco, and Vulcan Inc
Membership: Australia, France, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Maldives, New Caledonia, Seychelles, UK, USA, ICRS, Reef World Foundation, SPREP, UN Environment, UNEP-WCMC, Vulcan Inc., Wildlife Conservation Society, World Resources Institute, WWF International.

Working procedure

The ad hoc committee works virtually and takes advantage of any opportunities for face to face meetings in the side lines of other meetings.

Submissions to the CBD Secretariat

Other Outputs

About the post-2020 process

In 2020 the Convention on Biological Diversity will adopt a post-2020 global biodiversity framework as a stepping stone towards the 2050 Vision of “Living in harmony with nature". In its decision 14/34 the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted a comprehensive and participatory process for the preparation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

All updates, meetings and documentation relating to the Post-2020 process are shared here https://www.cbd.int/post2020/

Other useful links/ material to support the Committee


The work of the ad hoc committee is supported by Vulcan Inc.