Like many sectors, COVID-19 has disrupted the "blue economy." Though left out of many recovery conversations, there is abundant potential to build back a stronger, more resilient ocean economy that will benefit the millions of people who rely on it.
Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) accounts for nearly 20% of the world's fish catch. A "trusted traveller" border control-like system for the seas could help curb illicit fishing.
Coral reef tourism, worth $35.8 billion globally every year, could experience revenue losses of over 90% based on the current trajectory of warming. Here's how ocean industries can try to avoid that kind of devastation.
A group of world leaders came together in New York City to form a panel that will assess the value of Ocean goods and services in economic planning and support the sustainable use of Ocean resources.
Salmon populations plummeted over the past several decades in central Oregon’s John Day River. The fish’s return is not just an environmental restoration success story, but a cultural one.
Governments, businesses, development agencies, and NGOs are increasingly turning to economic valuation as a way to protect coral reefs and mangroves. This process makes the economic case for protection and sustainable use of natural resources by showing the monetary, employment, and infrastructure benefits ecosystems provide—metrics that are easily understood by decision-makers.
But not all economic valuations are created equal. WRI's new guidebook shows how NGOs and other stakeholders can conduct economic valuations in ways that lead to real change on the ground.
Tropical coastal ecosystems—including coral reefs, mangroves, beaches, and seagrasses—provide a range of valuable goods and services to people and economies across the Caribbean. These ecosystems contribute to tourism, fisheries, shoreline protection, and more.
The World Resources Institute produced the report in close collaboration with the USAID-funded Coral Triangle Support Partnership (CTSP).
Coral reefs provide a diverse array of goods and services to the people and economy of Jamaica. They help to build and protect Jamaica’s beautiful white sand beaches, which attract tourists from around the world.
With wildfires, floods, tornadoes, and other dramatic weather events making front page news around the world, many people are asking questions about the signs and impacts of a changing climate. Climate Science is the World Resources Institute’s periodic review of the state of play of the science of climate change. With summaries and explanations of recent peer-reviewed research from a host of scientific journals, Climate Science is a window into what scientists are discovering about how climate change affects the living things and complex systems of our planet.
WRI identifies 13 new eutrophic areas around the world.
This report provides a detailed assessment of the status of and threats to the world's coral reefs.
WRI's Lauretta Burke discusses her work on measuring the economic value of coral reefs in the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean countries.
Nutrient pollution emerges as one of the greatest threats to water quality.
Credit: EarthTrends, 2006 using data from FAO, 2006
To better understand the need and potential for scaling up environmental income and resilience through good ecosystem stewardship, consider the plight of inland fisheries in Bangladesh.
Coral reefs provide many benefits, sometimes called ecosystem goods and services, which are of high value and critical importance to local and national economies in the Caribbean.
For millennia, harvesting resources from the seas, lakes, and rivers has been a source of sustenance and livelihood for millions of people. That is nearly as true today as it was a century ago.
Since the 1960s, more than a million kilograms of deadly sodium cyanide has been squirted onto coral reefs in the Philippines to stun and capture ornamental aquarium fish. More recently a growing demand for larger reef food-fish has vastly increased the incidence and spread of cyanide-fishing.