An unprecedented growth in tourism over the last 15 years, combined with a fourfold increase in population has had significant impacts relating to the availability of livelihoods for local people. Where there was once farmland, hotels now stand meaning there is less food available.
As a result, the reefs have been overfished and damaged following attempts by local people to feed their families and provide resources for the tourist populations. The coastal mangrove forest has been devastated by the local population who have striped it for building material in an attempt to survive spiralling food prices.
Our integrated approach to development links local economic benefits to habitat restoration and strengthen institutions.