Policy Brief: Buying Time for Coral Reefs

Local efforts to improve reef health might seem hopeless given the projected impacts of climate change. However, recent research has shown that local management of reefs is vital to maintain the continued net production of reef structure, and therefore the provision of the important ecosystem services that reefs provide.

Although global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is important  to ease the effects of climate change on reefs, such efforts are not sufficient on their own to ensure reefs continue to exhibit net growth.

This policy brief shows that local policy that protect herbivores and reduce nutrient and sediment run-off onto reefs will maximise the chances that healthy reefs and the services they provide are maintained into the future.


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