Asia's natural shield against tsunamis disappearing
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Asia's mangrove areas, the region's vital frontline shield against tidal waves and tsunamis, are gradually but consistently disappearing. What were once lush mangrove swamps have been obliterated to give way to the construction of coastal roads, resorts and other structures, fishponds, and other business concerns. Mangroves line eight percent of the world's coasts and about one-fourth of the world's tropical coastlines, covering a surface area approximately 181,000 square kilometers (about 18 million hectares), according to statistics compiled by international agencies, among them the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), UN Environment Program (UNEP), World Bank (WB), and World Resources Institue (WRI).
Fernandez, R. A. (2005, January 23). Asia's natural shield against tsunamis disappearing. The Philippine Star, p. 2.
Tsunamis; Mangroves; Tidal waves; Mangrove swamps; Statistics; Storm surge barriers; Coastal erosion; Manuals; Environmental restoration; Environmental protection; Mangrove conservation; World Bank (WB); World Resources Institute (WRI); Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); United Nations Environment Program (UNEP); Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST- PCAARRD); Forest Management Bureau (FMB); Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/ Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD); Primavera, Jurgenne; Sabada, Resurreccion; Lebata, Ma. Junemie; Altamirano, Jon
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