The Mesoamerican reef is home to diverse coral reefs and over 500 fish species. Inland, the landscape supports important freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. These landscapes face numerous threats: tourism and broader development are driving mangrove clearance, leading to sedimentation; overfishing and climate change are negatively affecting the health of the region’s coral ecosystems. The GEF-funded project, “Integrated Ridge to Reef Management of the Mesoamerican Reef,” supports Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico conserve their freshwater, coastal, and marine resources at a regional level. In addition, the project supports active engagement with private sector actors, including Coca Cola to strengthen water funds. Through the project, improved management will be in place for 1,699,512 ha of watersheds and 157,800 hectares of coastal and marine ecosystems.
Countries: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico
Focal area: International Waters
Project status: CEO Endorsed
Executing Agency and partners: Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD)
GEF grant: US$ 9,018,349
Cofinancing total: US$ 51,277,908
The Global Environment Facility is a partnership for international cooperation in which 183 countries work together with international institutions, civil society organizations, and the private sector to address global environmental issues.
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