Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, US Virgin Islands, Venezuela.
The Caribbean Region represents only 1% of Earth’s marine environment, but hosts 10% of the world’s coral reefs, including fringing reefs, which are most common; barrier reefs such as the Mesoamerican Reef, which is the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere; bank reefs; patch reefs; and a few atolls.
The GCRMN-Caribbean is led by a Steering Committee (SC) composed of fifteen regional experts, assisted by members-at-large. The members of the SC represent a variety of technical, scientific, and policy expertise. They include both institutional and individual representation.
The SC is co-chaired by the Regional Activity Center for the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife Protocol (SPAW-RAC) under the Cartagena Convention and the UN Environment – Caribbean Environment Programme (UN Environment – CEP).
The members-at-large are individuals to whom the SC can turn to for technical advice and support for the implementation of specific actions, and who are kept informed of the activities and deliberations of the network. The members-at-large are regionally and gender balanced and include members of key regional organisations.
Since its revitalisation and strengthening in 2014, GCRMN-Caribbean has been making sustained efforts to ensure the collection of useful and accessible data that can effectively reveal the status and trends of the coral reefs in the region. The GCRMN-Caribbean network has more than 200 members who share experiences, information, and knowledge within an online platform.
(i) Marine Ecoregions of the World (MEOW) is a biogeographic classification of the world’s coasts and shelves (Spalding et al., 2007).