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Launch of the International Year of the Reef 2008 opens with call for greater efforts to combat climate change

Iyor_logoCoral reef experts and supporters launched the International Year of the Reef 2008 in Washington, DC, US, with a resounding call for greater efforts to combat climate change to protect the world's biologically complex ocean ecosystem.

Speaking at the event, Kristalina Georgieva, Director of Strategy and Operations of the World Bank's Sustainable Development Network, said “ten years ago, we knew that reefs around the world were severely at risk, primarily from coastal development, overfishing and pollution. Now, climate change has darkened the picture for reefs, and for the tropical developing countries whose economies depend on them.”

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