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MEDIA ADVISORY: "Reefs at Risk Revisited" Launch at National Press Club, Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Administrator, NOAA, and leading experts discuss "Reefs at Risk Revisited" report findings and solutions.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new comprehensive analysis of the threats to coral reefs will be launched globally on Wednesday, February 23, 2011. More than 25 partners contributed to the report, and events will take place in Washington, D.C.; London, England; Malaysia; Australia; and other locations.

The D.C. event at the National Press Club will feature Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Administrator, NOAA; Jonathan Lash, President, WRI; Lauretta Burke, lead author, WRI; and Dr. Nancy Knowlton, Chair of Marine Science, Smithsonian Institution.

The groundbreaking report, “Reefs at Risk Revisited,” is the most detailed assessment of threats to coral reefs ever undertaken. Led by the World Resources Institute, along with the Nature Conservancy, the WorldFish Center, ICRAN, UNEP-WCMC, and GCRMN, it maps out local and global pressures on reefs; assesses the vulnerability of people in reef-dependent countries; and provides recommendations to safeguard reefs in the future.

WHAT:
“Reefs at Risk Revisited” launch event in Washington, D.C.

WHO:
Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Jonathan Lash, President, World Resources Institute
Lauretta Burke, Senior Associate and Lead Author, World Resources Institute
Dr. Nancy Knowlton, Sant Chair for Marine Science, Smithsonian Institution

WHEN:
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

TIME:
9:30 a.m. EST

WHERE:
National Press Club, Holeman Lounge 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20045

CALL-IN:
US/Toll Free: (888) 989-5157 or
Int'l: +1 (517) 308-9270
Passcode: REEFS

RSVP REQUIRED: press@wri.org

Light breakfast and coffee will be served.

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