Supporting the sustainable management of coastal ecosystems by quantifying their economic value.
Raising awareness of threats to coral reefs and providing information and tools to manage coastal habitats more effectively.
This Eco-Audit evaluates efforts to protect and sustainably manage the region’s coral reefs; celebrates management success stories; and documents the extent to which recommended management actions have been implemented in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.
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
Unlike coral reefs, which can protect wide swaths of the coast, mangroves protect the immediately adjacent shoreline.
Coral reefs and mangroves in Belize.
The Belize Barrier Reef, the longest in the Western Hemisphere, shelters most of the windward coast of Belize.
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.
About 9 percent of the world's mapped reefs are found in this region, most of which are located along the Central American coast and off the Caribbean islands.