Protecting Quintana Roo's coastal infrastructure by insuring nature

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2 October 2018

For coastal communities, natural systems like coral reefs, beaches and wetlands provide the first line of defense against storms. A healthy coral reef can reduce up to 97% of a wave’s energy before it hits the shore. But coral reefs that have already been weakened by pollution, disease, overfishing and bleaching offer reduced protection for coastal communities.

For the state of Quintana Roo, the coral reef protects the most important tourist destination in Mexico, visited by nearly 12 million tourists each year generating around USD 10 billion annually. The Coastal Zone Management Trust was developed by the government of Quintana Roo in partnership with a multi-sectoral group of federal and local governments, hoteliers, research centers and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). This Trust finances the ongoing maintenance of reefs and beaches and purchases insurance to ensure these vital ecosystems are restored after extreme storms.

To find out more, read the full case study below. This case study is part of a series from our Policy Action work, which aims to accelerate the pace of climate policy development and adoption in states and regions. To see more innovative climate policies from around the world, check out our Under2 Policy Action Map.

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