International Year of the Reef (IYOR) 2018
Welcome to the Third International Year of the Reef (IYOR 2018). RCM’s goals align closely with that of IYOR’s and we have many exciting plans for this year. We do hope you will be able to join and support us as we spread awareness of the importance of coral reefs and take action to help protect our reefs.
IYOR is a global effort which aims to increase awareness and understanding about the values of, and threats to, coral reefs, and to support related conservation, research and management efforts. Reef Check Malaysia (RCM) is planning various activities in Malaysia in conjunction with IYOR 2018.
IYOR 2018 aims to strengthen global awareness of coral reefs and associated ecosystems, promote partnerships and share information between stakeholders for the sustainable management of coral reefs, as well as identify and implement effective management strategies for conservation and sustainable use of these ecosystems. This is in line with RCM’s current efforts in Malaysia, which focus on helping stakeholders to implement sustainable coral reef management. IYOR 2018 provides an opportunity to extend efforts to raise awareness among Malaysians about the value and importance of coral reefs, the threats they face and what we can all do to contribute to reef conservation.
1. Action of the Month
For every month in 2018, we will suggest an action you can take to help save our reefs. Support us in these actions and play your part in helping to protect coral reefs! For every action that you do, don’t forget to snap a photo and upload it on your Facebook or Instagram account and use the hashtags given. Let’s work together to save our reefs!
February: What do you love about coral reefs? Tell us on Facebook and Instagram!
We have just launched our very own Instagram page! Do follow us at @reefcheckmalaysia as we kick off IYOR 2018. With every monthly action, there will be a hashtag you can use as you jump on board and join us. Let’s start off IYOR2018 by spreading awareness on the importance of coral reefs. Tell us what you love about coral reefs and use the hashtag #IYOR2018Malaysia #Ilovecoralreefs #reefcheckmalaysia
2. Get Involved!
We will be organizing two beach cleanups, one in March and one in September, the latter in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup Day. If you happen to be at any of our locations, you can come join our team and other volunteers as we help clean up the different beaches across Malaysia.
The data from these cleanups will contribute to the worldwide data collected by the Ocean Conservancy which would help identify ways to eliminate ocean trash. Here in Malaysia, RCM plans to use this data to not only raise awareness of the issue of plastic waste/ marine debris, but also to launch a broader discussion with industry stakeholders and government identify solutions to this issue.
3. Photo contest
We will be organizing a photo contest sometime towards the end of 2018. Any photos related to IYOR2018 and coral reefs will be accepted. So start snapping away and keep an eye out for more details!