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MARFIN: A Financial Planning Tool for Coastal and Marine Protected Areas in the Mesoamerican Reef Ecoregion

Medina, Alicia; Morales, Carlos; Gonzélez, María José

A financial model for the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR), called MARFIN, was developed to: (1) gather and analyze field information to determine the present and future management costs for each category of coastal and marine areas in the MAR; (2) develop a tool that provides present and future financial scenarios for managing the coastal and marine protected areas in the MAR, and that can present different possible scenarios at a national and regional scale; and (3) develop a tool that will support the development of a strategy to secure the funds needed to establish a functional network of coastal and marine areas in the MAR.