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In Brazil, CI is working at the interface of the marine and terrestrial realms, focusing on the Southern Bahia/Abrolhos region, which has the largest remnant of tropical forest within the northeast range of the Atlantic Forest and the largest and richest coral reefs in the Southern Atlantic.
Nearly 500,000 people are supported by these two ecosystems but overfishing, deforestation for cattle ranching, agriculture and human settlement impact these ecosystems and make them vulnerable to climate change.
In this context, CI is conducting a climate change vulnerability assessment for ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) design followed by implementation of EbA strategies for fisheries and forest. The vulnerability assessment results will inform coastal land-use planning, guide expansion of a marine protected area network and help plan forest restoration.