What We Do

The Healthy Reefs Initiative strategic objectives are to:

  • Promote the application of Healthy Reefs Indicators by managers, policy makers and other leaders concerned with the integrity of the SAM
  • Provide standardized analyses of reliable scientific data to improve reef ecosystem management
  • Serve as an open forum for information sharing and networking among science and conservation partners

Specifically, we produce a Biennial report card, which effectively grades the Health of the Mesoamerican reef using a concise 5-point ranking system. The first report card was produced in 2008, followed closely by the 2010 Report Card for the Mesoamerican Reef.

Healthy Reefs is currently working with World Resources Institute (WRI) and Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) on creating the first Biennial Eco-Audit.  This working document fosters the adoption of regionally established policies and legislations, and then scores the four countries on their effective application of these efforts.


All this work would not be possible without the help and collaboration of all our partners around the region, listed below in alphabetical order:


Amigos de Sian Ka’an
Asociacion de Biologia Marina
Bay Islands Conservation Association, Roatan Chapter
Bay Islands Conservation Association, Utila Chapter
Belize Audubon Society
Belize Institute of Environmental Law and Policy
Blue Ventures
Center for Marine Ecology
Centro de Estudios del Mar y Acuicultura
Centro Ecologico Akumal
Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental
Centro Regional de Documentacion e Interpretacion Ambiental
Centro Universitario Regional del Litoral Atlantico, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras
Colectividad RAZONATURA
Comision Nacional del Agua
Comunidad y Biodiversidad
Consejo Nacional de Areas Protegidas
Conservation International
Direccion General de Biodiversidad
Direccion General de Pesca y Acuicultura
El Colegio de la Frontera Sur
Environmental Research Institute University of Belize
Fondo Mexicano para la Conservacion de la Naturaleza
Fundacion Islas de la Bahia
Fundacion Mundo Azul
Fundacion para el Ecodesarrollo y la Conservacion
Fundacion para la Proteccion de Punta Sal, Lancetilla y Texiguat
Honduras Coral Reef Fund
Instituto de Conservacion y Desarrollo Forestal, Areas Protegidas y Vida Silvestre
Instituto de Derecho Ambiental de Honduras
MAR Fund
Ministerio de Agricultura Ganaderia y Alimentacion
Ministerio de Ambiente y Recursos Naturales
Oak Foundation
Operation Wallacea
Roatan Marine Park
Secretaria de Ecologia y Medio Ambiente
Secretaria de Recursos Naturales y Ambiente
Shark Legacy Project
Sistema Nacional de Monitoreo Forestal y Ambiental
Smithsonian Institution
Southern Environmental Alliance
Summit Foundation
Tela Marine Research Center
The Coral Reef Alliance
The Mesoamerican Reef Tourism Initiative
The Nature Conservancy
Toledo Institute for Development and Environment
Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association
Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Center
Wildlife Conservation Society
World Resources Institute
World Wildlife Fund
Zona Libre de Turismo de Islas de la Bahia