More than 80 percent of the Caribbean's wastewater enters the ocean untreated, spurring the growth of algae on coral reefs and increasing the risk of infections for swimmers, among other issues. While many have been aware of this problem in Tobago for more than 20 years, there's been little government action.
Trinidad and Tobago
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Supporting the sustainable management of coastal ecosystems by quantifying their economic value.
More than 75 percent of the coral reefs in the Atlantic region are at risk from local threats (i.e., coastal development, overfishing/destructive fishing, marine-based pollution, and/or watershed-base
The economic benefits derived from coral reefs are vital to the economies of small island states in the Caribbean. Economic valuation of these benefits helps to guide the wise, sustainable use of these resources.
The relative stability of Tobago’s shoreline was evaluated using the coastal protection framework developed by IMA and WRI.
Much of Tobago’s coastline is bordered by near shore, fringing reefs. Southwest Tobago is characterized by a lagoonal system enclosed by the Buccoo Reef.
The definition of "land vulnerable to wave-induced erosion and storm damage" is based on expected wave heights and storm surge associated with a 25-year storm event, adjusted to be precautionary in li
Coral reef data for Tobago come from the Millennium Coral Reef Mapping Project and R. Laydoo. Updated at WRI based on reef observations from Trinidad Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA).