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The Singapore Blue Plan 2018

The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) has declared 2018 as the third International Year of the Reef!

ICRI is an informal partnership between Nations and organisations which strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world. International Year of the Reef (IYOR) was first declared in 1997, and later in 2008, in response to the increasing threats on coral reefs and associated ecosystems, such as mangroves and seagrasses around the world.

At the last IYOR 2008, the marine community came together to put forward the Singapore Blue Plan 2009. This was submitted to the government and resulted in among others, the Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey and the establishment of the Sisters' Islands Marine Park.

The ICRI has declared 2018 as the third IYOR, and encourages partners to:
  • Strengthen awareness globally about the value of, and threats to, coral reefs and
  • associated ecosystems;
  • Promote partnerships between governments, the private sector, academia and civil
  • society on the management of coral reefs;
  • Identify and implement effective management strategies for conservation, increased
  • resiliency and sustainable use of these ecosystems and promoting best practices; and
  • Share information on best practices in relation to sustainable coral reef management.

In line with the IYOR 2018, the Singapore Blue Plan 2018 will be drawn up by science and expert contributors, as well as stakeholders, for submission to government in the third quarter of 2018.

The objectives of The Singapore Blue Plan 2018 are:
a) To reflect on the achievements and shortcomings of the Singapore Blue Plan 2009;
b) To present the current status of estuarine and marine ecosystems in Singapore;
c) To provide an overview of current legislation related to marine biodiversity;
d) To suggest measures to protect marine and estuarine ecosystems into the next decade.