Identification and Valuation of Adaptation Options in Coastal-Marine Ecosystems: Test case from Placencia, Belize

Rosenthal, Amy and Arkema, Katie and Verutes, Gregory and Bood, Nadia and Cantor, Dan and Fish, Marianne and Griffin, Rob and Panuncio, Mariana (2005) Identification and Valuation of Adaptation Options in Coastal-Marine Ecosystems: Test case from Placencia, Belize. Technical Report.

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    Abstract

    Climate change is expected to have numerous consequences for human health and welfare over the long term. Over the medium term, we can mitigate some of the most costly impacts by adapting to the environmental changes that will occur as a result of increasing annual temperatures, changing weather patterns, and novel ecosystem and agricultural conditions. These changes are particularly uncertain and concerning for coastal regions, where sea levels are predicted to rise, ocean water will become warmer and more acidic, and the composition of sea life used for food and recreation by people could disappear. Even though climate change will affect human societies by disrupting not only man-made infrastructure, but also the ecosystem services upon which humans rely for their wellbeing and sustenance, adaptation analyses often face constraints when aiming to capture the potential impacts to ecosystem services as a result of climate change and the economic implications of such changes when considering adaptation options. This study aims to address this gap by using ongoing work to characterize ecosystem services of coastal-marine ecosystems in Belize, to be able to inform the selection of adaptation options and the cost-benefit analyses of such options. Such an approach will allow decision-makers in Belize and beyond to consider a broader suite of costs and benefits than would have otherwise been available.

    Item Type: Technical Reports (Technical Report)
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      Publisher: World Wildlife Fund
      Subjects: (B) Climate Change > (BD) Other
      Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3D) Other or Unspecified
      Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2013 09:40
      Last Modified: 09 Oct 2013 09:40
      URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/1380

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