International environmental law can offer a number of benefi ts. It can aid conservation efforts through the provision of resources, fi nancial support and information exchange. Further, the commitment of governments to such efforts can be improved through the additional visibility of (in)activity made possible by commitments and mechanisms introduced under treaties. This might involve centrally maintained inventories of protected areas or committees reacting to offi cial or public reports. The conservation of habitats like coral reefs can also be enhanced through international recognition and ‘branding’, which can empower pressure groups and environmental ministries. These groups may then be able to slant decisions towards favouring conservation when confl icts arise with development. Such international recognition is also important in terms of raising awareness within local communities about the importance and fragility of such ecosystems.