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Mangroves counter impacts global warming

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Source: Wetlands International

Coastal belts of mangroves contribute to security by reducing the impacts of severe storms and cyclones, provide food and building materials, and are essential habitats for a large number of animal species, in particular several commercially important fish species. Listen to a radio interview with Wetlands International in French on mangroves, fisheries, coastal defence and aquaculture on La Voix de l'Amérique

The interview is based on two recently released publications on the value of mangroves that Wetlands International developed together with The Nature Conservancy:

The role of mangroves in fisheries enhancement

Today, on World Fisheries Day, Wetlands International, The Nature Conservancy and the University of Cambridge release a new study on the role of mangroves in fisheries enhancement. We conclude that mangrove conservation and restoration in areas close to human populations will render the greatest return on investment with respect to enhancing fisheries. The fisheries value of mangroves is site specific as it depends on how many fish a mangrove produces, how many fish are subsequently caught by humans, and then what the fisheries value is, both in economic terms, as a food supply or through the livelihoods that they support. Download.

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Mangroves for Coastal Defence: Guidelines for coastal managers & policy makers

Last week Wetlands International and The Nature Conservancy launched a new guidebook on mangroves as a coastal defence. Can mangroves reduce waves and storm surges? How will they influence the forces of a tsunami? Do they actually contribute to stabilizing coasts and build-up of soils? Can they keep up with sea level rise? The “Mangroves for coastal defence: Guidelines for coastal managers & policy makers” provides an in-depth analysis on the role that mangroves play in defence against waves, storms, tsunamis, erosion and sea level rise. Working with the University of Cambridge to review hundreds of scientific papers, the guide book outlines a practical approach for coastal decision makers. Download.

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