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Assessment and Economic Valuation of Coastal Protection Services Provided by Mangroves in Jamaica


Jamaica’s coastal areas play vital economic and social roles 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 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:
  1. Measure physical data on the natural capital associated with mangrove forests of varying quality in Jamaica;
  2. Estimate the coastal protection services provided by mangroves, including as an economic value;
  3. 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;
  4. Conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis, comparing different coastal protection measures and associated co-benefits.


Preliminary analysis of both local and national data has been completed. These analyses implied the utilization of primary and secondary data and expect to reflect the direct flood risk reduction benefits obtained from mangroves (presented as avoided economic losses), as well as the co-benefits related to livelihoods maintenance, fisheries production, water quality, carbon flux, erosion control and mangroves tree complexity, diversity and abundance.

This activity is ongoing. More findings will be shared on this page when they become available.

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Last Updated : 05-05-2019