The Capturing Coral Reef & Related Ecosystem Services (CCRES) project demonstrates how coastal communities in the developing world can sustainably capture the benefits of ecosystem services.
The project demonstrates the fundamental relationship between the ecological value of healthy coral reef, seagrass and mangrove ecosystems and the economic value and market potential of their ecosystem services. It explores how these are tied to healthy, resilient systems; and how routine distribution of economic benefits can bring transformational change in sustaining the well-being of coastal communities.
CCRES aims to push the ecosystem service frontier forward, applying existing knowledge and filling critical gaps in order to demonstrate how ecosystem services can be meaningfully valued and sustainably managed to deliver ongoing benefits to local communities.
By making the connections to values and benefits explicit, CCRES demonstrate the fundamental links between — and the need to maintain and conserve — healthy ecosystems and the economic benefits derived from ecosystem services.The project forges community-led innovations in capturing and sustaining these benefits by generating model frameworks for business development (or by strengthening the value chains of existing businesses) linked to ecosystem services to better highlight and harvest the values accruing from the ecosystems on which their business success depends.
CCRES works to promote the application and uptake of these model approaches in local planning frameworks.