Mangrove experts urge restoration, regeneration of organic coasts

Combined with low-oxygenated, water-logged soils, mangrove ecosystems have the potential to offset emissions that cause global warming,” says Daniel Murdiyarso. a scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research. CIFOR/Kate Evans

Combined with low-oxygenated, water-logged soils, mangrove ecosystems have the potential to offset emissions that cause global warming,” says Daniel Murdiyarso. a scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research. CIFOR/Kate Evans

BOGOR, Indonesia (18 March 2014) — When Ulva Takke heard that a foreign-owned firm planned to set up an iron ore mine on the tiny island of Bangka in the province of North Sulawesi, she joined forces with other residents in a protest that went all the way to Indonesia’s supreme court.

Although the community won its appeal against the mining project, news reports indicate that the company is still preparing to begin work, a move that could put pristine habitats at risk, including lowland tropical rainforest, mangroves, freshwater sago swamp and coral reefs.

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