International Coral Reef Symposium to Discuss Future of Coral Reefs July 9 to 13, 2012, in Cairns, Australia

The coral reef symposium is held every four years to discuss the status of the world's coral reef ecosystems.

Written by
John Virata

The International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS), an event held once every four years, showcases the best minds in coral reef science. The next ICRS will take place July 9 to 13, 2012, in Cairns, Australia. The symposium will cover all aspects of reef science with the goal of developing sustainability plans for the world’s coral reefs. The event has scheduled more than 1,500 scientific talks on the past, present and future of the world’s coral reef ecosystems.

Topics that will be discussed at the symposium will include coral reefs and climate change, ocean acidification, coral reef health, coral reef recovery, the role and impact of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), managing reefs in a sustainable fashion and the Coral Triangle Initiative. The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs was formed in 2007 by six countries (Philippines, Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia) to address the coastal and marine resource issues that affect the coral reef ecosystems of these countries.

The full program of The International Coral Reef Symposium can be found here.

Those unable to attend the symposium are encouraged to follow the latest developments via social media. The ICRS will provide updates via Twitter (, Facebook ( and LinkedIn (


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