15 Jan '12, 4pm

Mangrove Forests: The Key to a Sustainable Coastline

Mangrove Forests: The Key to a Sustainable Coastline

Vietnam is often thought of as a war-revenged jungle. Though the Vietnam War, or the American War as it is called by the Vietnamese, is a large part of Vietnamese history, the country has much more to offer than war stories. It is a country rich in natural resources, one of the main being seafood. Vietnam, as well as many other South East Asian countries, depends on seafood to be the largest contributor of protein to their diets. However, the rich biodiversity of the coastal region is constantly being threatened by the deforestation of mangroves. Mangrove forests worldwide provide a breeding ground for a wide variety of marine life. However, much of the wetland formerly covered by mangrove forests has been deforested and replaced by shrimp farms and rice paddies. In her book, Mangroves of Vietnam, author Phan Nguyen Hong explains that: Exploitation of tree resources, conve...

Full article: http://www.alternativeconsumer.com/2012/01/15/mangrove-fo...

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