What is CORESCAM?

CORESCAM is one of the nine winning projects of the 2019 call on “Climate Change and Biodiversity”, financed by the Foundation of the French Bank BNP PARIBAS.

Made up of ten regional and international partners, CORESCAM analyzes how the increase in extreme weather events in Central America and the Caribbean is affecting the stability of coastal and marine ecosystems, especially mangroves and coral reefs. In addition to promoting their conservation, CORESCAM seeks to support the sustainability of the coastal populations that depend on them, not only as a source of economic resources but also as coastal protection against storms and storm surges.

El Caribe y Mesoamérica conforman 2 de las 34 regiones denominadas «hotspots» del planeta por su gran variedad de biodiversidad terrestre (autor: Steven Paton, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, STRI).

The Caribbean and Mesoamerica make up 2 of the 34 regions called "hotspots" of the planet for their great variety of terrestrial biodiversity (author: Steven Paton, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, STRI).

Aerial view where the Motagua River meets the Caribbean Sea. A wildlife refuge in Punta de Manabique, Guatemala (author: Ana Giró, Healthy Reefs Initiative, HRI).

Extreme weather events such as hurricanes, droughts, floods, or ocean heat are not new to the Caribbean region. Mangroves and reefs have learned to cope with these disturbances and to recover after their impacts. CORESCAM however, within a climate framework in which those events have become increasingly frequent and intense since the decade of the 80s, aims to analyze how human society is altering this capacity for recovery by changing its pressure on the coast (poorly planned coastal construction, tourist oversights, water pollution…).