World Atlas of Mangroves: a global assessment of the state of the world's mangroves recently published

14/09/2010

This atlas provides the first truly global assessment of the state of the world's mangroves. It reveals that rare and critically important mangrove forests continue to be lost at a rate three to four times higher than land-based global forests.

The atlas is a joint initiative of International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems (ISME), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), UNESCO-Man and Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO-MAB), UNU-Institute for Water Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC).

Written by a leading expert on mangroves with support from the top international researchers and conservation organizations, this full colour atlas contains 60 full-page maps, hundreds of photographs and illustrations and a comprehensive country-by-country assessment of mangroves. Click here to access sample pages from the book.

Some Key Findings from the Atlas

  • Economic assessments provide some of the most powerful arguments in favour of mangrove protection and restoration; Studies estimate that mangroves generate between US$2000-9000 per hectare annually, considerably more than the alternative uses of the land such as aquaculture, agriculture or insensitive tourism

  • The FAO estimates that some 35,600 sq kilometres were lost between 1980 and 2005. The global area currently covered by mangroves is 150,000 sq kilometres

  • The greatest drivers for mangrove forest loss are direct conversion to aquaculture, agriculture, and urban land uses. Coastal zones are often densely populated and pressure for land intense. Where mangroves remain they have often been degraded through overharvesting

To receive a 20% discount on this book please use code WAMR10 at the checkout. If you are a book review editor and would like a press copy, please email Laurann.deVerteuil@earthscan.co.uk with the details of your publication and the rough timescale for publication of a review.

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