Challenges for decision-makers can be assessing when market-based solutions to biodiversity loss are likely to be culturally acceptable, as well as effective, efficient and equitable. Economic values of ecosystem services can justify funding for nature conservation and mobilize political support.
Blue Carbon is still a new concept that needs the right facilitation to kick-start projects and promote blue carbon actions.
“Coastal Capital: Belize” addresses threats to Belize’s coastal ecosystems such as unchecked coastal and tourism development and overfishing – by assessing the contribution of reef- and mangrove-associated tourism, fisheries, and shoreline protection services to Belize’s economy.
This solution promotes the integrated management of coastal watersheds that drain into the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf of California by aligning the investments of public and private agencies to address climate change impacts and coastal and marine conservation.
Empowering island communities: the use of cost-benefit analysis to support informed climate change adaptation decisionsMaria Potouroglou2018-05-04T13:51:30+00:00
Ecosystem based adaptation (EbA) solutions were identified and selected in a participatory process conducted across low-lying atoll islands and high islands communities of Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).
The ‘Valuating Climate Adaptation Options’ study used ecosystem service and cost-benefit analysis to illuminate the trade-offs between different climate adaptation strategies on Placencia Peninsula, Belize.
The solution addresses the degradation of coastal greenbelts by enabling and empowering people to rehabilitate degraded mangrove areas, and protect and manage remaining mangroves which are important for coastal protection, fisheries, and carbon sequestration.
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.
This is the first community-run project of its kind in the world: Mikoko Pamoja promotes the restoration and protection of mangrove forests for local community benefit.