Enabling Adaptation to Climate Change



Posted on 22 April 2009  | 
Enabling Adaptation to Climate Change
Enabling Adaptation to Climate Change
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The Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) system stretches over nearly 1,000 kilometers of coastline, spanning the Caribbean coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. It is the largest in the Western Hemisphere and has been granted international recognition due to its unique and important variety of productive ecosystems.

The MAR is a region of high conservation value, as has been proven by its inclusion in WWF’s Global 200 priority ecoregions and as a top marine conservation priority in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Human populations within each of its adjoining countries rely heavily on its diverse resources for much of their livelihood and sustenance. This has even lead to population density escalation in vulnerable coastal areas due to increased migration by individuals seeking job opportunities and a better quality of life from growing employment opportunities in the tourism, agriculture and fisheries sectors in coastal areas. As such, coastal mangroves are being cleared at an increasing rate, thereby increasing ecosystems’ and human’s vulnerability to natural threat factors.
Enabling Adaptation to Climate Change
Enabling Adaptation to Climate Change
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