Tuesday, 27 November 2012

World losing 1pc mangroves every year

KARACHI: Mangrove forests are declining globally at a rate of one per cent a year though a few countries, including India and Pakistan, have had some success in curbing their depletion.
This was stated by speakers at the 9th Regional Steering Committee of the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) meeting, organised by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which began here on Sunday.

Representatives of the eight MFF member countries – Pakistan, India, Indonesia, the Maldives, Republic of Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam – are attending the three-day event with experts from Bangladesh, Cambodia and Myanmar. This year’s theme is ‘Coastal resilience in the wake of climate’.

The MFF coordinator, Dr Steen Christensen, said that coastal ecosystems were facing climate change challenges all over the world but this was particularly true for developing countries. He said that nearly half of the world’s population lived in coastal areas and of them around 70 per cent lived in East Asia and depended on coastal resources for their livelihoods.

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