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Sustaining the Coral Reefs in Curacao

Coral Reefs in Curacao

Curaçao is at an exciting and important milestone as it embarks on a path to improve the well-being of its human and marine communities through improved ocean governance. The purpose of this “State of Curacao’s Coral Reefs” assessment is simply to inform. By doing so, the development of a Sustainable Ocean Policy can begin.

Overall, this is part of a larger body of research including community consultations, an analysis of Curaçao’s legal framework, and an economic valuation of Curaçao’s marine resources.

As such, this Report and the Waitt Institute’s recommendations for a Sustainable Ocean Policy mark an important milestone for the Blue Halo Curaçao partnership with the Stakeholders and the Government of Curacao.

The State of Coral Reefs in Curacao

However, significant challenges exist amongst all stakeholders. Theses challenges must be overcome to reverse the damages that have been done to coral and fish communities. Fortunately, Curaçao is actively taking the steps to cultivate a culture that safeguards its ocean resources for the benefit its people now and into the future.

It is a testament to the priorities of Curaçaons that they actively seek to know and protect their ocean to preserve their way of life. The Waitt Institute looks forward to continuing to support the Blue Halo Curaçao partnership as it works towards the development and implementation of a sustainable ocean policy to protect the coral reefs of Curaçao for future the generations.

Download the full Curaçao Marine Scientific Assessment for more information:

Part 1The Curaçao Marine Scientific Assessment – Approach, Results and Discussion

Part 2Curaçao Marine Zone Summaries

Part 3The Sustainable Path Forward for Curaçao

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State of Coral Reefs in Curacao - Marine Scientific Assessment

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The opportunity has now presented itself to preserve existing functional marine ecosystems and to improve damaged resources.  By taking advantage of this opportunity, society can then maximize the benefits that Curaçaoan’s derive from their ocean now and in the future.

In doing so, Curaçao has the opportunity to become a leader in ocean conservation by protecting and improving some of the best remaining coral reef communities left in the Caribbean for the benefit of its people of and the greater Caribbean community.

Sustainable resource management will require trade-offs that balance short-term and long-term gains that benefit not only the ecosystems, but also the local communities and economies. Cooperative and efficient compromises between ocean stakeholders, such as the Curaçao Diving Industry, and the Curaçao Government will be necessary.

Ultimately, if everyone works together to protect what we love it will lead to greater efficiencies in recovery and achieve long term sustainability.

“Significant challenges exist and must be overcome to reverse the damages that have been done to coral and fish communities. Fortunately, Curaçao is actively taking the steps to cultivate a culture that safeguards its ocean resources for the benefit its people now and into the future. It is a testament to the priorities of Curaçaons that they actively seek to know and protect their ocean to preserve their way of life.”

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