Enabling Adaptation to Climate Change
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.