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July 13, 2021

The development arm of the people of Navakavu, in the district of Suva and the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) recently entered into a grant agreement to establish a Blue Economic Zone – a sustainable development strategy aligned to the Blue Economy, SDGs and the Government of Fiji’s Develo

Rigorously Valuing the Role of U.S. Coral Reefs in Coastal Hazard Risk Reduction

The degradation of coastal habitats, particularly coral reefs, raises risks by increasing the exposure of coastal communities to flooding hazards. The protective services of these natural defenses are not assessed in the same rigorous economic terms as artificial defenses, such as seawalls, and therefore often are not considered in decision making. Here we combine engineering, ecologic, geospatial, social, and economic tools to provide a rigorous valuation of the coastal protection benefits of all U.S.