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Global Mangrove Extent Much Smaller than Previously Estimated - UNEP Global Environmental Alert Services (GEAS) - October 2010

dc.contributor.authorUnited Nations Environment Programme
dc.descriptionAs confirmed by the impacts of the December 2004 Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina in 2005 intact mangroves help stabilize shorelines and thus protect lives and property from such natural disasters. They also provide other ecosystem services such as breeding and nursing grounds for marine species and sources of food medicine fuel and building materials for local communities. In addition living mangroves store carbon keeping it out of the atmosphere. It is possible that mangroves and the soils they grow in could sequester about 22.8 million metric tonnes of carbon each year. Mangrove forests occur between the sea and land and are thought to cover about a quarter of the world's tropical and subtropical intertidal zones mostly between 5° N and 5° S latitude. Research reveals that the forests have been declining at an alarming rate however' perhaps even faster than inland tropical forests' and much of what is left is degraded.
dc.publisherUnited Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
dc.subjectmangrove swamp
dc.subjectaquatic plant
dc.subjectdegradation of natural resources
dc.subjectclimate change
dc.subjectnatural disaster
dc.subjectenvironmental impact assessment
dc.subjectdisaster contingency plan
dc.subjectdisaster control service
dc.subjectdisaster preparedness
dc.subjectdisaster prevention natural hazard
dc.subjectcoast protection
dc.subjectcoastal area
dc.subjectcoastal ecosystem
dc.subjectcoastal environment
dc.subjectcoastal pollution
dc.subjectcoastal water
dc.subjectmarine conservation area
dc.subjectmarine ecosystem
dc.subjectmarine fauna
dc.subjectmarine pollution
dc.subjectland-based marine pollution
dc.subjectsea resource
dc.subjectsea water protection
dc.subjectclimate change mitigation
dc.subjectenvironmental change
dc.subject.classificationClimate Change
dc.titleGlobal Mangrove Extent Much Smaller than Previously Estimated - UNEP Global Environmental Alert Services (GEAS) - October 2010
dc.typeReports and Books
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 14 - Life Below Water
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 15 - Life on Land

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