Tropical forests and coral reefs are home to many unique plants and animals, and play a critical role in sustaining biodiversity and fighting climate change. Unfortunately, these global treasures are under threat from resource extraction, pollution and illegal trafficking activities, especially in countries that cannot afford to protect these vulnerable habitats.
The Tropical Forest and Coral Reef Conservation Reauthorization Act (TFCRCA) would help developing countries protect fragile and important reef and forest ecosystems through innovative debt-for-nature swaps. The TFCRCA would reauthorize a program that allows the United States to provide debt relief to developing nations that meet certain criteria, in exchange for critical actions to safeguard tropical forests and coral reefs.
The United States government has the power to help protect fragile ecosystems around the world.