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Improving the Outlook for Caribbean Coral Reefs - A Regional Plan of Action

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A keelemenof the Caribbean region’s vulnerability to climate change is the threat to coral reef ecosystems. Regional Headof Government throughout the Caribbean have recognized thimportanrole that coral reefs play in national economies and their crucial contribution to sustainabldevelopment. Accordinglygovernments, regional leadersand coastal communities have begun to take measures to address thregion’s vulnerability and build resilience to climate change.

 

ThCoral ReePlan of Action provides a roadmap fonavigating the challengeof sustainably managing coral reefs to protect biological diversity while sustaining provisioof goods and services that these ecosystems providto the peoplof the Caribbean.

 

Thplan presents a set oobjectivefor improving the outloofor Caribbean reefs b2018. These are the result of regional consultations that identified thpriority needs expressed by regional leaders, stakeholders, officials and experts whtogether havaccumulated the experience required for tackling the issues faced in the sustainable management of Caribbean coral reefs. Thobjectives argrouped under four goals:

1.  Improve thhealth and resilience of Caribbean coral reefs

2Strengthen adaptive capacity of communities

3.  Build foundationfor national and regional action

4Advocate globally for stronger actionon climate change

 

 

Investment in achieving thgoals anobjectives in this plan will be furtheguided througdevelopmenof an associateimplementatioplan, and a prograomonitoringevaluation and reporting. With the supportof the Caribbean Community Climate ChangCentre,the Caribbean Regional FisherieMechanism will lead implementatioof this plan to ensure it has thbestchance obuilding the resilience ocoral reefs to the impacts of climate variability anchange in the Caribbean region.

 

This Coral ReePlan oAction is aligned with relevaninitiatives, sub-regional strategies anplans targeteat Caribbean coral reefs. These include the Caribbean Regional FisherieMechanism’s Climate Change Adaptation anDisaster RisManagement Strategy anActioPlan,th2012 Report Card for thMesoamerican Reef, anthStrategiActioProgramme for thSustainable Management of thShared  LivinMarine Resourceof the Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystems anAdjacenRegions (CLME+SAP).

 

The Plan supports the vision articulated in the Liliendaal Declaration and contributes to strategic elements and goals elaborated in the Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change (Regional Framework) and its associated Implementation Plan (see Appendix 1). Through an integrated approach across these strategic initiatives, the Coral Reef Plan of Action will help build regional coordination and national commitment, motivate actions and stimulate much-needed support and investment from the international community in a coordinated effort to improve the outlook for Caribbean coral reefs.

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