Alteration of the natural landscape for development, road construction, or agriculture can have adverse impacts on coral reefs through increased delivery of sediment and pollution to coastal waters.
Coastal ecosystems of Belize are threatened by both local threats (coastal development, pollution, sediments, overfishing) and broader scale threats (transboundary sediment and pollution, coral bleaching, coral disease).
Many people in coastal communities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean depend on the natural resources provided by reefs for their livelihoods.
A Biodiversity Support Program Publication
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