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Belize's Coastal Capital

The Economic Contribution of Belize's Coral Reefs and Mangroves...

This study evaluated the average annual contribution of reef- and mangrove-associated tourism, fisheries, and shoreline protection services to the economy of Belize.

Marine Protected Areas of the World

The development of a global system of marine protected areas (MPAs) lags far behind that of the terrestrial biosphere in both the extent and the effectiveness of its coverage.

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Natural Coastline Defense: Mangrove Forests in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia's scientists, researchers, and political figures are emphasizing the importance of restoring mangrove forests, one of nature's strongest defenses against natural disasters.

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When Development Causes Disease: Linking Ecosystems and Human Health

Ecosystems provide a wealth of services to human populations, among them, disease regulation. But narrowly-focused development projects can threaten these ecosystems and put entire populations at risk.

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A Better Way for the U.S. Government to Clean Our Water

When it comes to allocating money for conservation, reverse auctions can help governments get the biggest bang for their buck.

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Food or Fuel? The Bioenergy Dilemma

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p>The cost of grain-based staples--such as tortillas in Mexico, beef noodles in western China, and bread in the United States--has increased around the world. There are several reasons why prices have jumped, but there’s one getting a lot of attention: the global rush for bioenergy.

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Swallowed by Sand: China's Billion-Dollar Battle Against Desertification

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p>It is estimated that desertification, a process of land degradation that occurs in dryland ecosystems due to overexploitation and land mismanagement, now costs China about $2-3 billion each year.

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Reefs at Risk +10

What is Reefs at Risk and why is it unique?

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