Threat Reduction

Herbivorous sea urchins mature within supervised saltwater tanks to aid in coral patch algae removal. Photo © Ian Shive
sources of stress

Managing impacts from tourism and coastal development helps to support coral resilience. Photos © S. Wear/TNC

Action at the local scale can play an important role in building reef resilience and supporting the viability of local communities and reef-based industries. Local management interventions can also produce benefits to the broader ecosystem if they are targeted at sites that are important for system resilience, such as important sources of coral larvae or critical fish breeding areas.

The management of local sources of stress to reefs will often require active engagement with reef users and local communities to build understanding, support, and compliance. Including stakeholders in efforts to protect reefs strengthens local stewardship in support of shared conservation goals. ref

Key actions that are important for local management of high-value sites include:

 

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