Coral Reef Valuation for MPA Management and Implementation
By: Tadzio Bervoets
Organisation: Nature Foundation St. Maarten
Location: St Maarten, Dutch Caribbean
Summary: An ecosystem valuation analysis of St Maarten’s coral reefs quantifies the value of these ecosystems. The results were used to support the establishment of St Maarten’s first Marine Protected Area and to implement further management actions connected to the MPA. Moreover, the results were incorporated in climate change response strategies. The communication of the valuation’s outcome supports awareness rising among coastal communities and a growing understanding of the importance of coral reefs.