IUCN COMMISSION GROUP

IUCN SSC Coral Specialist Group

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Overview and description

Description:
IUCN SSC Coral Specialist Group brings together leading scientists, practitioners and conservationists under the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature ...

IUCN SSC Coral Specialist Group brings together leading scientists, practitioners and conservationists under the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Our combined knowledge contributes to informing society and policy makers to take science-based action.

Group leadership

Dr David OBURA

Co-Chair

David Obura chairs the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), is on the Earth Commission and is a Founding Director of the Kenyan coral reef research and ...

David Obura chairs the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), is on the Earth Commission and is a Founding Director of the Kenyan coral reef research and conservation organization CORDIO East Africa. David has 30 years of experience researching coral reefs, their vulnerability to climate change and importance to coastal communities and economies, and highlighting these issues across local to global scales. To motivate the societal changes needed, he is pivoting to a new focus on sustainability and equity, linking challenges and solutions across scales, and working with diverse teams to identify pathways to a safe and just world for present and future generations. 

Ms Beth POLIDORO

Red List Authority Coordinator

Dr Francoise CAVADA-BLANCO

Co-Chair

Francoise is a Marine Ecologist from Venezuela, working in the interface between academia, policy and applied science. She is interested in improving the way we assess and monitor biodiversity ...

Francoise is a Marine Ecologist from Venezuela, working in the interface between academia, policy and applied science. She is interested in improving the way we assess and monitor biodiversity, especially rare, threatened species within a management framework that incorporates socio-ecological systems.

Francoise was born in Venezuela, where she obtained  a Licenciatura in Marine Biology, a MS in Experimental Ecology, completing a Doctorate programme focused on  conservation and management. Throughout her career, Francoise has been always committed to training the next generation of marine scientists and practitioners.

At a glance

Official name:
IUCN SSC Coral Specialist Group
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