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Number of people who may receive risk reduction benefits from reefs by country

Coastal communities across the globe are increasingly at risk from storms and flooding as a side effect of climate change paired with rapid human-led coastal development. Nature- based solutions like coral reefs offer a low-cost opportunity to reduce risk and also can be paired with other ecosystems services such as tourism and fish production. The map shows the number of people by country that may derive a risk reduction benefit from reefs. The countries are grouped by the number of people living below 10m elevation and within 50 km of a coral reef to demonstrate the capacity for coral reefs to protect coastal communities.

Year: 2016

From collection: The Ocean and Us

Cartographer: GRID-Arendal/Hisham Ashkar

Tags: Marine ecosystems Sustainable Development Goals vital graphics

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