Forces of Nature: Coastal Resilience Benefits of Mangroves in Jamaica

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December 17, 2019 - 1:45pm
Type: Report
Year of publication: 2019
Date published: 11/2019
Editors: Juliana Castaño-Isaza, Simone Lee, Saurabh Dani
Publishing institution: The World Bank
City: Washington, DC

Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, face substantial risks from storms and hurricanes. Coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass beds protect communities from storms, and are critical for the sustainability of many economic activities, jobs, and inclusive growth.

A recent report, “Forces of Nature,” examines the considerable flood risk reduction services that mangroves provide to Jamaica, together with benefits related to fisheries production, and carbon sequestration.

This report supports the growing interest within the development agenda to include nature-based solutions for disaster risk management and provides vital information for discussion on climate change adaptation and mitigation, insurance, and disaster recovery decisions.

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