January 2011 E-Current
|In this Issue: Photo Contest Winner • *Last* Photo Tip Column • CORAL Field Summit • UN Resolution on Coral Reefs|
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Happy New Year from all of us at the Coral Reef Alliance! We're excited to move into 2011, a year that is ripe with possibilities and ready for progress. This edition of E-Current highlights some of the reasons I feel particularly positive about the year to come.
First of all, a full week of strategic planning at our field summit in Mexico has our entire international programs staff feeling even more energized and centered on the path to making our goals a reality. And we're not wasting any time in moving forward, especially as the unimpressive results of the nearby United Nations COP16 climate negotiations in Cancun underscore how essential CORAL's innovative community-based solutions are. We do have some encouraging news to report from global decision-makers, though, as the UN General Assembly's Economic and Financial Committee recently adopted a resolution on coral reef protection.
To top it off, the inspiring photography we're showcasing this month serves as an important reminder not only of the incredible creatures and places we are working to protect, but also of the talented people who are coming together to help.
I look forward to sharing our progress with you throughout the year!
Interim Executive Director
Conservation Programs Director
* Photo Credits and Notes:
Banner Photo: Spine-cheeked anemonefish (Premnas biaculeatus), Solomon Islands
Photographer: Nancy Sefton
Large Center Photo: Peppermint shrimp (Lysmata wurdemanni) in a vase sponge (Callyspongia vaginalis), Cayman Brac
Photographer: William Goodwin
Left Side Photo: Recycled paper made by school children in Bali
Photographer: CORAL staff
Thumbnail photo credits: 1) William Goodwin; 2) Jeff Yonover; 3) CORAL staff; 4) Steve Turek