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2008-02-14 10:22:46

The cultivation of shrimp and fish in tropical coastal areas is often described as an environmentally friendly way to alleviate poverty, but in fact this cultivation has negative consequences for both the local population and the environment. Daniel A. Bergquist of Uppsala University, Sweden, has studied how policies for sustainable development can go so wrong. The cultivating of fish and shellfish in artificial ponds has increased dramatically in the last few decades, apace with the ever...

2007-03-13 22:40:00

Arlington, Virginia "“ A popular game fish mistaken by scientists for a dog snapper is actually a new species discovered among the reefs of the Abrolhos region of the South Atlantic Ocean. The international science journal Zootaxa recently published the discovery of Lutjanus alexandrei, a new snapper species that belongs to the Lutjanidae family, by researchers Rodrigo Moura of Conservation International (CI) and Kenyon Lindeman of Environmental Defense. The study published in Zootaxa...

2006-08-22 05:15:00

By Clarence Fernandez KUALA LUMPUR -- Environmental regulation of shrimp farming operations across Asia takes a major step forward next month, when the U.N. food agency considers adoption of a set of tougher industry guidelines published on Tuesday. The key victims of Asia's shrimp farms are its mangrove forests, the stilt-like luxuriant root systems of which form a natural protective barrier against destructive waves, prompting many countries to plant them after the 2004 tsunami....

2006-08-21 05:50:00

By Clarence Fernandez KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's scramble for rich country status threatens its mangroves unless the government puts teeth in its plans to protect the rich wetlands that offer a home to marine life and help block extreme weather. Malaysia's mangrove forests, made up of evergreen trees and shrubs that grow on stilt-like roots in dense thickets, are home to 41 of the world's 69 species of mangrove plants, but they have shrunk about 30 percent in the last 50 years. Although the...

2006-07-03 14:40:00

KHOR KALBA, United Arab Emirates -- It's one of the world's rarest birds, but there it sat on a mangrove branch, motionless, eyes peeled for a fiddler crab. The handsome white-collared kingfisher, its iridescent green back flickering in the dappled 110-degree sunshine, suddenly disappeared. A loud splash came from the swampy thicket. A millisecond later, the bird flashed past, on its way to a hideaway to crunch a live crab in its sharp black beak. Although the kingfisher is a common...

2006-06-24 10:08:52

By Ed Stoddard ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Conservationists called for urgent action to protect Africa's fragile environment on Saturday, saying it was crucial to many people's survival. Endorsed by 350 scientists, policy makers and environmentalists, the "Madagascar Declaration" said Africa's natural wealth had so far failed to improve the lives of most people on the world's poorest continent. "Ecosystem services that function as the foundation for human welfare -- clear air, fresh...

2006-02-02 05:15:00

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG -- The destruction of the world's wetlands is exacerbating global disasters such as floods and famines and is a potential source of conflict in volatile regions, environmentalists said on Thursday. "By a conservative estimate, about 50 percent of the wetlands worldwide are gone. These include rivers, swamps, marshes, small ponds, and mangrove systems," said Jane Madgwick, the chief executive officer of conservation group Wetlands International. "They are viewed as...

2006-01-24 06:35:00

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO -- Costs of safeguarding the world's fast-disappearing coral reefs and mangroves are small compared to the benefits they provide from tourism to fisheries, the U.N. Environment Program (UNEP) said on Tuesday. The report, part of a recent trend trying to place a value on the natural world, said that pollution, global warming and expanding human settlements along coasts were among mounting threats to reefs and mangroves. "Day in and day out and...

2005-10-28 18:59:36

WASHINGTON (AP) - Coastal villages set behind mangrove forests in southeast India suffered much less damage in the Asian tsunami than places without the protection of trees, a new study reports. The massive wave last December struck 11 countries, leaving more than 230,000 people dead or missing. Researchers led by Finn Danielsen of the Nordic Agency for Development and Ecology in Copenhagen, Denmark, studied tsunami damage along the coast in the Cuddalore District in the state of Tamil...

2005-08-23 07:34:42

By Clarence Fernandez KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Tsunami-stricken Asian nations that are planting mangrove thickets to protect against future disasters must give coastal communities a financial stake in the campaign if it is to succeed, experts said on Tuesday. Asian nations hit by the earthquake and tsunami disaster that killed about 188,000 people last December have launched programmes to plant mangroves along their coasts as a natural buffer against similar waves in the future. But...

Latest Mangrove Reference Libraries

2009-02-21 20:30:52

The Beach Stone-curlew (Esacus giganteus) also known as the Beach Thick-knee, is a species of bird found in Australia and the islands of South-east Asia. It is a resident of undisturbed open beaches, exposed reefs, mangroves, and tidal sand flats. Its large range includes coastal eastern Australia as far south as far eastern Victoria, the northern Australian coast and nearby islands, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. It is uncommon through most of its range....

2008-04-28 13:38:07

The Madagascar Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis bernieri), is a species of bird from the Threskiornithidae family. It is found in Madagascar and Seychelles. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, estuarine waters, intertidal flats, and coastal saline lagoons. The Madagascar Sacred Ibis is threatened due to habitat loss.

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