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Earth Hour 2016 will shine a light 4Cs: Caribbean Corals & Coastal Communities

The Caribbean is one of the most vulnerable regions to the effects of climate change. Evidence suggests the effects of rising sea levels, more intense storms, rising ocean temperatures, unsustainable coastal development, pollution and unsustainable fishing practices are causing increasing strain on Caribbean marine environments, which puts local communities at risk.

CARIBSAVE has been developing and implementing a variety of solutions to these problems to help local communities adapt to the effects of climate change.
- Our work includes supporting community-based Marine Managed Areas (MMAs) such as fish sanctuaries, which help increase size and number of fish in the surrounding areas as well as an increase in live coral coverage.
- We also partner with local communities in establishing coral nurseries for restoration or enhancement of reefs. Healthy reef systems provide much needed protection from storm surges, and a rich habitat for marine life.
- Finally, we support people who operate small-scale businesses in order to build resilience to the effects of climate change and to operate more economically and sustainably over time. This involves finding ways to deal with the challenges they face, from water scarcity and drought to flooding and coastal erosion.

Our marine conservation work across the Caribbean is essential to developing regional resilience to the effects of climate change. Not only does our work conserve biodiversity, it improves coral growth, protects the islands from storm surges, boosts fish stocks and improves local livelihoods. Join us in supporting Caribbean marine life and coastal communities: Healthy Seas, Happy People.