As you know, coastal ecosystems provide a range of valuable goods and services to people and economies across the Caribbean, including tourism, fisheries, shoreline protection, and more. Despite their importance, these ecosystems are highly threatened from numerous human pressures including overfishing, pollution, and climate change.
Economic analysis is a widely used approach to inform investment and development decisions, and ecosystem valuation can help make the economic case for protection and sustainable use of coastal resources. While more than 100 valuations have been conducted for the Caribbean’s coastal ecosystems to date, only a minority have actually helped to inform policy, management, or investment decisions. Why have some valuations had more impact than others, and what can we all do to increase the likelihood that future valuations will help safeguard the Caribbean’s valuable coastal resources?
The World Resources Institute (WRI) and partners recently released the newest publication in our Coastal Capital
1. Step-by-step advice on conducting coastal ecosystem valuation with a specific emphasis on informing decisions.
2. Examples of best practice studies that use valuation to address the most pressing coastal policy questions in the Caribbean.
3. Best practice reporting and outreach guidelines for new coastal valuation studies.
We will give an overview of the guidebook and facilitate a discussion about it during a webinar on March 18
If you would like to receive a hardcopy of the guidebook, you may order directly here
Rich, Lauretta, and Erin
* Download the guidebook PDF – Coastal Capital: Ecosystem Valuation for Decision Making in the Caribbean
* Read our blog – “Making Economic Valuation Count for Coastal Ecosystems in the Caribbean”
* Visit our project page – Coastal Capital
* Sign up for the March 18 webinar
Associate – Food, Forests & Water Program
World Resources Institute
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