ReefFix: An ICZM Coral Reef Restoration, Watershed Management and Capacity Building Demonstration Project for the Caribbean
Organization of American States
Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN)



ReefFix, supported by the government of Chile, is an Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Coral Reef and Mangrove Restoration and Watershed Management Demonstration program that works with Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to restore and effectively manage coastal resources.

Through the use and development of cost-effective techniques and economic validation of ecosystems, the ReefFix methodology will be applied to the following 5 case study sites:


a. Montego Bay Marine Park Trust, Jamaica 

(Go to webpage)

b. Eastern National Park, Dominican Republic

(Go to webpage)

c. Moriah Harbour Cay National Park, Bahamas (Go to webpage)

d. Caracol's Mangroves Park, Haiti

(Go to webpage)

e. Grenada Systems Plan Stakeholder Consultation (Go to webpage)


f. South Coast of Grenada encompassing several marine parks, Grenada (Go to webpage)


g. Dominica, The Soufriere Scotts Head Marine Reserve (SSMR)  (Go to webpage)


h. TBD, T&T


i. Folkstone Marine Reserve, Barbados  (Go to webpage)


j. Soufriere Marine Management Area, Saint Lucia (Go to webpage)


k. Tobago Cays, Saint Vincent (Go to webpage)



The ReefFix proposal is designed to improve the understanding and management of the region’s coastal and marine resources through restoration demonstration and capacity building activities.

ReefFix is composed of four one-week workshops which will be held at each case study site. Through hands-on training and demonstration, participants will learn economic valuation methodologies in order to realize the economic benefits derived from coral reefs and make sustainable use of said resources which are crucial to Caribbean countries.


As such, ReefFix will:

  • support efforts to implement the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) at the national and regional level;

  • carry out assessments designed to improve the understanding of the status and trends of coastal and marine resources;

  • strengthen monitoring of coastal and marine resources, including supporting the IOC Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network;

  • educate the public about the ecological goods and services that coastal and marine ecosystems provide;

  • collaborate and exchange information with other coastal and marine research, education, conservation and training institutions;

  • support education and training efforts and model demonstration programs aimed at improving the management and conservation of coastal and marine resources;

  • generate revenues that will be used to help make the coastal and marine protected areas financially self-sufficient over the long-term; and

  • support ongoing efforts to develop and implement ICZM plans and marine protected areas.

On the other hand, this ReefFix exercise is a subproject for IABIN within the Protected Areas Thematic Network (PATN) and follows on three initiatives:

  • The development of the Caribbean Protected Areas Database Initiative – CPADI

  • MPAGlobal Database and workshop where details can be found at:, and

  • An extensive study completed in Montego Bay, Jamaica






Books Available Online (Go to webpage)

  • Integrated Coastal Zone Management of Coral Reefs: Decision Support Modeling More...

  • Plan And Policy for a System of National Parks and Protected Areas More...





This page was last updated on Wednesday July 14, 2010.