Our Precious Coasts

Figure 15. Projections of continued infrastructure and coastal development project an increase in impacted coastlines from the current average of 70% between 30º N and S, to 81-95% by 2032 (dependent upon scenario). In Southeast Asia and the Indo-pacific region the degradation rate is much higher, at the same time as this regions contains near 92% of the World’s coral reefs. Development of marine protected areas must be associated with an increase in protected ar- eas along the coasts to secure the future resil- ience of these reefs to climate change, and to protect the coastal livelihoods and cultures.




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