Posted by: Hendra Siry | 11 March, 2008

The World’s Mangroves 1980-2005

FAO just published “The World’s Mangroves 1980-2005” FAO Forestry Paper 153. This world’s mangroves 1980-2005, prepared in the framework of the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2005, provides comprehensive information on the current and past extent of mangroves in all countries and territories in which they exist. This information, as well as the gaps in information that come to light in the report, will assist mangrove managers and policy- and decision-makers worldwide in ensuring the conservation, management and sustainable use of the world’s remaining mangrove ecosystems.

Mangroves, commonly found along sheltered coastlines in the tropics and subtropics, fulfil important socio-economic and environmental functions: providing wood and non-wood forest products, protecting shores against wind, waves and water currents; conserving biological diversity; protecting coral reefs, sea-grass beds and shipping lanes against siltation; and providing habitat, spawning grounds and nutrients for a variety of fish and shellfish, including many commercial species. High population pressure in coastal areas has, however, led to the conversion of many mangrove areas to other uses.

CONTENTS

Acknowledgements (Download- 257 KB)
Foreword (Download- 257 KB)
Acronyms and abbreviations (Download- 257 KB)
Executive summary (Download- 257 KB)

Chapter 1. Introduction (Download- 54 KB)

Mangroves
Functions and uses of mangroves
Under valued resources

Chapter 2. Methodology (Download- 53 KB)

Information gathering and data validation
Definition of true mangroves pecies

Chapter 3.Global overview (Download- 150 KB)

Chapter 4. Africa (Download- 75 KB)

Vegetation and species composition
Mangrove resources:status and trends 1980-2005
Main uses and threats
Mangrove conservation and management

Chapter 5. Asia (Download- 77 KB)

Vegetation and species composition
Mangrove resources: status and trends 1980-2005
Main uses and threats
Mangrove conservation and management

Chapter 6. North and Central America (Download- 75 KB)

Vegetation and species composition
Mangrove resources: status and trends 1980-2005
Main uses and threats
Mangrove conservation and management

Chapter 7. Oceania (Download- 71 KB)

Vegetation and species composition
Mangrove resources: status and trends 1980-2005
Main uses and threats
Mangrove conservation and management

Chapter 8. South America (Download- 78 KB)

Vegetation and species composition
Mangrove resources: status and trends 1980-2005
Main uses and threats
Mangrove conservation and management

Chapter 9. Discussion (Download- 70 KB)

Definitions used
Overall data availability
Data quality
Most recent reliable estimate
Trends overtime and impediments to the assessment
Comparison with previous studies

Chapter 10. Conclusions (Download- 197 KB)

Bibliography (Download- 60 KB)

Annex 1. Contributors (Download- 115 KB)
Annex 2. Regional working papers (Download- 115 KB)
Annex 3.True mangrove species (Download- 115 KB)

To Download the complete version ( 913 KB), plase go to: http://www.fao.org/docrep/010/a1427e/a1427e00.htm


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