Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (MBRS)
The global objective of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef Project is to enhance protection of the ecologically unique and vulnerable marine ecosystems comprising the MBRS, by assisting the littoral states to strengthen and coordinate national policies, regulations and institutional arrangements for the conservation and sustainable use of this global public good.
The GEF Project will, therefore, assist Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras to:
(i) strengthen existing MPAs and establish new protected areas in transboundary locations;
(ii) develop and implement a standardized regional monitoring and environmental information system for the MBRS;
(iii) promote measures to reduce non-sustainable patterns of resource use in the MBRS, focusing initially on the fisheries and tourism sectors;
(iv) increase local and national capacity for environmental management through education, information sharing and training; and
(v) strengthen and coordinate national policies, regulations, and institutional arrangements for marine ecosystem conservation and sustainable use.