Environment
 Mexico
Project #18954

Improve Laws to Protect Corals in Latin America

by Asociacion Interamericana Para La Defensa Del Ambiente (AIDA)
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Summary

It is estimated that up to 70% of reefs could disappear by 2030, including the reef-rich regions of Latin American and the Caribbean. Thanks to coral reefs, we have fish to eat, places to recreate, barriers from storms, and many medical cures. But this could change in the coming decades. Corals reefs are threatened by human activities and impacts of climate change. AIDA provides much-needed guidance to implement effective laws and practices to preserve and protect reefs.
$190.00
total raised
9
donors
0
monthly donors
2
years active

Challenge

Despite their beauty, biological importance, and economic value, coral reefs are at risk from unsustainable development, industrial, and recreational activities, and impacts of global warming. Latin American and Caribbean reefs are treasures of the region, but many countries don't have laws to protect them. Enacting and implementing laws and policies can be difficult because of limited budgets and personnel, and competing national priorities.

Solution

AIDA's reef initiative is based on years of site work, an understanding of national and international laws, and a global review of best practices. We will provide decision-makers and advocates within government, industry, and civil society with practical resources, recommendations, and tools to improve coral reef protection. Strong laws are needed to support research, monitoring, and conservation campaigns. AIDA will promote best practices that can be adapted to specific countries and contexts.

Long-Term Impact

Coral reef health in the Americas will improve where it has suffered and be preserved where it is sound. Decision-makers will be more informed of threats and how to mitigate them, and able to tailor protections for site needs and resources. Cross-sector alliances will be formed to support long-term commitments to coral reef health. Beneficiaries of AIDA's work will include marine species, coastal communities, and reef-dependent industries, as well as those of us who enjoy reefs for recreation.

Resources

http:/​/​www.aida-americas.org
Best Practices for Coral Reef Protection
AIDA's Marine Protection Program
AIDA 2014 Annual Report

Organization Information

Asociacion Interamericana Para La Defensa Del Ambiente (AIDA)

Location: San Francisco, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.aida-americas.org
Project Leader:
Haydee Rodriguez
San Jose, Costa Rica

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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