RELEASE of UNEP report on Wastewater and Coral Reefs
This science synthesis provides a review of current research findings including sources of wastewater, their impacts on coral reef ecosystems including in the context of climate change, and management strategies. The report is aimed at advisors, managers and other officials with technical roles in governments, regional environmental organizations, and conservation organizations. It constitutes the science-basis for “Wastewater Pollution on Coral Reefs: Science-to-Policy Brief on Managing Wastewater to Support Coral Reef Health and Resilience” (UNEP, 2017), which summarizes policy and management recommendations. The policy brief and science synthesis can be read in conjunction with each other, or separately.
This collaborative project funded through the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) under the Global Coral Reef Partnership and the Global Wastewater Initiative (GW2I), is one of three global partnerships under the Global Programme of Action for the protection of the marine environment from land-based activities.