A DECADE OF MAKING A DIFFERENCE
The Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) supports our culture,
fisheries, tourism, coastal protection and biodiversity.
The Healthy Reefs Initiative (HRI) collectively and
quantitatively assesses reef health and informs
science-based management recommendations.
Over the past 10 years, we have conducted rigorous science in support
of management. Our reliable measures of reef condition allow us to
identify the most urgent threats and responses. HRI training workshops
continue to strengthen scientific capacity. Our partners are scaling-up and
improving management in 47 MPAs spanning almost 60,000 km2. Through
our Regional Coral BleachWatch Network, we have quickly mobilized and
supported teams of partners across the region to monitor coral bleaching.
HRI convenes annual partner meetings, enabling us to achieve a common
voice and collectively accelerate conservation action. Together, we have
shaped policy, such as protecting herbivorous fish in 3 of 4 countries.
It has been 20 years since the four country leaders signed the historic
Tulum Declaration, committing to protect the MAR’s shared resources.
Our science-based knowledge and collective management efforts
need to be accelerated—particularly to reduce pollution and increase
replenishment zones. Our 2018 Coral Reef Report Card includes a 10-year
perspective on reef health and conservation aimed to ensure our reefs will
endure and thrive into the future.