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4 May 2016

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Climate change is affecting coastal ecosystems globally, with severe implications for developing countries that are heavily reliant on their
natural resources for economic growth. In Belize, coral reefs, mangroves and beaches are the cornerstone of the tourism industry, while coastal communities rely on mangrove- and reef-based fisheries for food and income. The growth of the tourism industry is viewed as essential to the country’’s economic development, but this growth is often accompanied by habitat degradation that directly threatens the resources upon which the industry depends.