Civil war didn’t hurt this Sri Lankan mangrove forest, but shrimp farming might

Sri Lanka. Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care.


More than a decade after the end of the civil war, the ecology of the picturesque nature reserve on Vidattaltivu coastal belt in Sri Lanka’s north, is under threat: there are plans to set up a shrimp aquaculture park here, which environmentalists have blasted as “environmental suicide…”

Read Full Article, MongaBay (07-07-2020)

Sri Lanka to become the first nation in the world to protect all its mangroves; Guardian UK (05-12-2015)
More than half the world’s mangroves have been lost over the last century but all of those surviving in Sri Lanka, one of their most important havens, are now to be protected in an unprecedented operation…

Sri Lankan mangroves respond to conservation plan; SciDev (08-18-2016)
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Destruction of Mangroves Costs up to US$42 billion in Economic Damages Annually – UNEP Report (10-14-2014)
The world is losing its mangroves at a faster rate than global deforestation, the United Nations revealed, in a new report “Importance of Mangroves: A Call to Action,” adding that the destruction of the coastal habitats was costing billions in economic damages and impacting millions of lives…

The World Must Invest In Mangroves, The Ecologist (04-11-2014)

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