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Poverty and Reefs

1. Global overview: poverty and coral reefs

1.1 Introduction

Understanding the relationship between poverty and coral reefs requires not only an understanding of who the different stakeholders are and how they interact with the reef, but also where those reefs are around the world. This overview of poverty and coral reefs first looks at the global extent of coral reefs and where they are concentrated, it then discusses the different groups of stakeholders associated with reefs and begins to describe the nature of poverty in the coast. Finally, it goes on to discuss the numbers of reef-dependent people around the world and describes each major region where poverty and reefs interact.
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