World Atlas of Mangroves
`The importance of mangroves is well-known, but never has there been such a comprehensive review of these critical ecosystems. This book should change the way we view, and manage, mangroves for the benefit of coastal peoples and biodiversity world-wide.' Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
`I am pleased that ITTO, ISME and the other members of this excellent partnership have produced such a magnificent reference book. The World Atlas of Mangroves details an incredible variety of useful information that will be of considerable value to forest researchers, practitioners and students to learn more about mangrove ecosystems.' Professor Don K. Lee, President, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)
This atlas provides the first truly global assessment of the state of the world's mangroves. Written by a leading expert on mangroves, with support from the top international researchers and conservation organizations, this full colour atlas contains over 60 full-page maps, hundreds of photographs and illustrations and a comprehensive country-by-country assessment of mangroves
Mangroves are considered both ecologically and from a human perspective. Initial chapters provide a global view, with information on distribution, biogeography, productivity and wider ecology, as well as on human uses, economic values, threats and approaches for mangrove management. These themes are revisited throughout the regional chapters, where the maps provide a spatial context or starting point for further exploration. The book also presents a wealth of statistics on biodiversity, habitat area, loss and economic value which provide a unique record of mangroves against which future threats and changes can be evaluated. Case studies, written by regional experts provide insights into regional mangrove issues, including primary and potential productivity, biodiversity and information on present and traditional uses and values and sustainable management.
The Atlas is a joint initiative of The International Tropical Timber Organization, The International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, The United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health and The Nature Conservancy, funded primarily through an ITTO project grant from the Government of Japan.
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