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Assessment and Economic Valuation of Coastal Protection Services Provided by Mangroves - Jamaica
Jamaica’s coastal areas play a vital economic and social role, and reduce vulnerability to natural hazards. Protecting and restoring these coastal habitats is both an opportunity and a need. Targeting mangrove ecosystems could increase resilience to climate change, reduce the risk to disasters in coastal areas, and could provide co-benefits associated to livelihoods maintenance (i.e. tourism) and food security (i.e. fisheries). This activity will support the Government of Jamaica in promoting cost-effective coastal protection measures through mangrove ecosystems enhancement.
This activity will undertake the following components:
- Measure physical data on the natural capital associated with mangrove forests of varying quality in Jamaica.
- Estimate the coastal protection services provided by mangroves, including an economic value
- Undertake a habitat risk assessment to evaluate the risk posed to mangrove habitats by human activities, and identify the potential reduction of ecosystem services involved in coastal protection.
- Conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis, comparing different coastal protection measures and associated co-benefits.
This activity is ongoing. Findings will be shared on this page when they become available.
Last Updated : 02-28-2017